Let There Be Light

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
— Genesis 1:1-5 (NRSV)

“Let there be light!” These are the very first words that God speaks into the void and the first step in creation.  Light, therefore, is foundational to the rest of creation and of course we know that to be true. But light is also closely associated with God and with God’s work in the world.  Throughout scripture the image of light is used in so many ways. 

Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Isaiah 9:2 – “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined

John 8:12 – “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

 

This week we had workers come to the church to install new light posts all around the building. I was speaking with George and he told me about a picture that is hanging in the hallway by the kitchen that clearly shows one of the old light posts with firemen fighting a blazing fire roaring behind it. This was the fire that happened at the church in 1966 – so these lights have been around a good long time.

 

A light post might pale in comparison to the light that first shone in creation or the light of the world that is Jesus Christ. But I want you to try something this week. When you see light in your homes, work, or schools or on the roads or in front of the church let that be a reminder of the first light that God called good and the light that we have because of Jesus Christ.