The Sun of Righteousness
"But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall." (Malachi 4:2)
Christ is compared to the Sun of righteousness. The Sun gives us light and heat. The Sun kills the disease germs when the light is allowed to reach the earth in its intensity. Christ came with spiritual warmth for spiritual healing. He brought spiritual light. The Sun is responsible for all the energy on the earth. The Sun's energy is stored up in oil, coal, and wood and in the elevated position of heavy things. So also whatever spiritual light, illumination, warmth you find on earth is due to the Sun of righteousness - Christ. Christ was with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fire. Spiritual illumination in whatever form, it has come from the eternal Christ. As the Sun rises in the east and drives away darkness and cold and brings warmth into the air, when Jesus Christ came the terrible darkness in the world had to flee. The impact of Christ's teaching was felt all over the world. The Greeks were idolaters, but within 200 years after Christ the whole frame work of their religion crumbled down. They reformed and re-reformed their religion to make it co-exist with Christianity, but ultimately it failed and was lost. 'Unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise'. How true it is!