Let There Be Light!
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
– Genesis 1:3 NRSV
Scripture tells us that the earth was “a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep.” (Gen. 1:2 NRSV) Can you imagine for a moment standing on the Earth’s surface all those many millions of years ago; feel the weighted heaviness of the darkness pressing around you. It is warm, and it is lifeless; you stare into an impenetrable black void, and you are floating for there is not anything solid to stand on. It seems like forever that you stare, until suddenly you are blinded by something entirely different: light. At first the light makes everything transform from black to white, but then you begin to see something thrilling, something breathtakingly new: color. There are glorious shades of blue all around as your eyes adjust to the light that has penetrated the Earth’s atmosphere. it is stunning, and it is magnificent. There you are, if only in your imagination, a witness to light being brought to the world.
God has not stopped bringing light to the world either. In the Gospel of John, Jesus is described as being the light that shines in the darkness, hearkening back to these early images in Genesis. In Christ, the dark, sinfully broken world is illuminated by the light of God; the shades of ugly gray or transformed into a prismatic spectrum of brilliant colors. When God’s light shines on our hearts, if we are receptive and do not harden ourselves, it brings transformation, an entirely new creation! Salvation is like this moment in Genesis when light flooded our dark, empty home; our dark, rebellious souls are flooded with God’s light and something new begins: a renaissance or “rebirth”.
Before you can comprehend or even apprehend the goodness and greatness of God, you must let the light of God shine in your hearts. Christ died and rose to life so that you could be reborn, so that you could become a new creation. Maybe underneath those layers of your soul there is heat; anger and resentment toward God or others. Or perhaps your soul is cold, indifferent and unfeeling toward God or others; in either case you live in a darkness that is crying out for a dawn, for a burst of light. Whether you hate God or find him irrelevant, if you will let the Holy Spirit pierce you with the light of God, without hardening your heart, God will take how you are and make you into something gloriously new.
The question is, are you willing to let his light pierce your soul; are you ready to be born anew?
God is Good
God’s light is meant to burst upon our dark emptiness to make us into a new, spectacular creation that fully reflects his glory.
God is Great
God’s light is capable of piercing even the most resistant or indifferent mind and heart, bringing salvation to the seemingly hopeless.
Oh Lord our God, we are overwhelmed by the light you have streamed into our souls today. We worship you for illuminating us and making us into new creations. We ask that you will shine your light through us, into the lives of those who still live in darkness. It is in the name of your Son, the Light of the World, that we pray. Amen.