Let There Be Light
“Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that it was good.’ (Genesis 1:3-4)
“God set these lights in the heavens to light the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:17-18)
What is the character of light? From the world’s point of view there are many things that come to mind about light. Power in our homes to be able to see during the night, a symbol of good between the light and the darkness, the time we use to determine when we start the day and many more. Perhaps we take for granted what light really means, what its character should show us? Just like our attitude towards Christ, many of us have started to go through life not affected by light’s real character.
The character is defined by the source. ‘For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, too.’ Don’t be foolish, to deny that even the sun and moon (which give light), does not owe its creation to another, would cause your life to be lead astray. God said, ‘Let there be light, and it was good.’ How do we know that light is good and that darkness is bad? Simply because God is the tipping point, He defines the difference. And, He gave us Christ to be that source of light, to be the person that shows us what is right and wrong. Christ then defines the character of light. He enables us to step out from the darkness, to step out of death and into life.
Now to explain the character of Christ is an amazing gulf too wide and too deep to ever get to the bottom. But like the light that surrounds us there is no doubt that Christ is unexplainably beautiful, and although never changing, He reveals himself in new ways as light shifts its hue or suddenly bursts forth in unseen energy. Yes, light does not lose its character when it does these things.
To quickly touch on a few unquestionable facts. God set Christ before us to ‘light the earth’. Light penetrates everything it touches. There is no escape, as light can show in even the darkest of corners. If you light a torch, its beam penetrates the darkness. Except with a torch the strength of light relies on batteries. These batteries lose strength, but not Christ! His light is constant and will always continue to light the path ahead, and so too those whose source of light is from Him. Yes, you can block out the light, and many people from this world have.
As light penetrates, it gives life. Those who block out the light miss out on the opportunity at gaining life. Christ came to offer life, to show us that we are sinful and without hope, but that through Him we can be without sin and full of hope. Not just hope, but a glorious hope of life eternal and of unfathomable joy. He ‘governs the day and the night’. Those that come to Him love to live in the light, to enter the day and have life. Those that block Him out, love the darkness and the night is their friend. May they escape death, coming to Him that gives life. May they rid themselves of fear and receive peace. I beg you not to hold onto the fear that comes with darkness, but let
Christ expel all fear and show you life.
He ‘separates the light from the darkness’. We are part of the light and if Christ is our source of life, we too begin to give light to those around us. This is an undisputable character of light, it always shines forth for others to see. If we continue to have Christ, we should always shine forth His light to others. This light then penetrates the life of another person, and so the cycle begins again. Through it all, life is given from the source which is Christ and every vessel of light shines His Glory. Therefore we celebrate that life, that light everyday. At least, thats the way it should be?