“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you” (v1). Isaiah told God’s people that one day God’s own light would shine brightly on them and through them: “you shall see and be radiant” (v5). The rest of the world would be drawn to Israel’s light (v3,6,7), bringing glory and honor. This new, transformed Zion will be a place of total peace: “Violence shall no more be heard in your land …you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise” (v18).
Jesus’ light is still shining, drawing people to salvation. In Him, we are citizens of the renewed world He will bring, full of His glory and peace (v19).