Put On The Lord Jesus Christ
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Rom. 13:12a (Holman) The night is nearly over, and the daylight is near, . . .
Daybreak vividly describes our earthly lives. This lifetime is a dawning; light struggles with darkness as the latter retreats slowly and reluctantly.
We live a life haunted by dangers of darkness. This is a world of sin and sorrow. Troubles never cease, but on the horizon, darkness is thinning, the blackness is turning grey. Light is beginning to stir and whisper (Maclaren).
The pains of this life will soon end. We will not be in this twilight forever. A blessed day, Heaven itself, is about to dawn. No night there, nothing to hurt, endanger, or bewilder. A comfort is knowing it will be here sooner than we think.
Rom. 13:12b “. . . so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
This metaphor is taken from the battlefield. In the early morning twilight, a band of soldiers is sleeping. Suddenly the bugle calls them to awaken. Reveille summons them to throw off their nightwear, those things worn while sleeping.
Soldiers of Christ, can we not hear the notes of the reveille? It is time to cast off our nightwear, those things congenial to spiritual sleep. We are going to stand before God soon. Get your good clothes on. Give evidence of your wakefulness. Get rid of your night clothes