What is it about the darkness that is so scary? We all can remember being scared in the dark. The landscape of my home is exactly the same in the night as in the day, and yet at night, there is uncertainty. The familiar furniture takes on unusual shapes and every sound or movement is a potential threat.
That’s how I picture Day 1 of creation.
Genesis 1:1 God created the Heavens and Earth – all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness: an inky blackness.
Earth doesn’t sound like the type of place fit for His children. So what does God do first?
Genesis 1:3 “God spoke ‘Light’ and light appeared…God saw that light was good.”
But He didn’t stop there: “He separated the light from the darkness.” It seems redundant. Why would you have to separate the light from the darkness? It’s light or dark, right? Possibly it had to be separated so we could see the difference. We needed to see light as fully light and darkness as fully dark.
As time went on, darkness crept into the spaces that were once only light. But God, in His great love and mercy, would not have His children live in some foggy world where dark and light were confused. Again, God spoke Light and the angel told Joseph to call his son Jesus.
On that glorious night in Bethlehem, a Light was given to man that could not be dimmed. Jesus came onto the scene as a stark contrast to the darkness and the difference had never been clearer. Jesus says of Himself in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
Do you see it? God sent Jesus, the Light of the world, to illuminate the darkness where fear, shame, and uncertainty are quite at home. It’s as if God reached down from heaven and handed us a flashlight – an everlasting flashlight.
“In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” John 1:4
This Christmas… Let There Be Light.