The comparison and contrast of Jesus in relation to the astronomical Sun is worth discussing. Seeing the importance and impact the Sun has on life on Earth and other planets illustrates Christ’s significance in both the spiritual and physical realms.
“But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings, And you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.” — Malachi 4:2.
Malachi 4:2 is a prophecy of the Messiah. It is literally about the sun, not the son. This is not a mistranslation, nor a mistake. But prophetically it is about the son of God, Jesus Christ.
The sun is at the centre of our solar system. Everything in our solar system revolves around the sun, including the earth. Jesus Christ, like the natural sun, is the centre of the universal system. Jesus Christ is the centre of the material universe, the moral aspect of life and the spiritual world. Jesus Christ is the centre of church worship and service. Therefore, everything and everyone revolves around Jesus.
As darkness precedes the dawn of the natural sun, so there is also moral and spiritual darkness in our world without Jesus Christ.
The sun rises gradually. Jesus Christ, as the natural sun does, arose gradually; He arose in the Scriptures, through prophecies and promises, types and sacrifices, until, in the development of God’s providence. He appeared above the horizon; He emerged in His own personal history, in the completion of His work, in His resurrection, in His ascension, and in the gift of the Holy Spirit. And He continues to rise in His people’s souls, on earth, in heaven, forever.
The sun rules the day. In other words, the sun is the ruler of daytime.
“Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years, and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness…