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By Angie Thompson
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And 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.”
Light. Of all things that God could have created first, He created light. I think God was making a bold statement in His first act of creating the universe in that in this world there will be darkness, but there will also always be light. Just the very presence of a single flame can snuff out an entire dark room. A faint light at the end of a long blackened tunnel can give hope to a journey. And the warm glow of a full moon can give a pitch black night some realm of hope that even the night’s darkness cannot swallow a singular light source.
Light draws us closer to it, and light often signifies life. So when the prophets in the Old Testament prophesied about a coming Messiah, this was most likely seen as a light during a rather dark time. And can you imagine the depressed, darkened life for the Jewish people when God appeared to be silent for 400 years to them? That must have felt like a spiritual black hole for them without any light in sight. And yet, the darkness was shattered by a bright shining star and the small cry of a tiny baby boy who would become the ultimate light source of the entire world. Jesus was born as the hope of our world and the redeeming light for our blackened hearts. You see, God knew that in the very beginning, what this world needed was light. He also knew that after years of silence, what was needed was a spiritual light that would forever conquer the blackness and depth of sin’s hold on God’s people.
So, as we prepare our hearts for this upcoming Christmas season, may we rejoice in God’s decision to send His Son as our ultimate light source. And we can be assured that Jesus’ light while He was here on Earth was only a speck of what we will be able to witness in Heaven…”The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light…” (Revelation 21:23)
What a day that will be!
May the joy and light of Christmas bring you closer to the Ultimate Light found only in God’s Son, Jesus!
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