“In the beginning Elohiym created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was a desolation and a ruin; and darkness was upon the face of the abyss. And the Spirit of Elohiym moved upon the face of the waters. And Elohiym said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-3).
The inspiration of these first verses of Holy Writ explodes with hope, faith, exhilaration, and ecstatic joy for the glory revealed in the voice of the Almighty.
“For God Who commanded the light to shine out of the darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (II Corinthians 4:5).
The Apostle links these two glorious treasures from Scripture and writes by revelation of the Holy Spirit that what was true of the first creation is true of the new creation in Christ. We were a desolation and a ruin from sin, darkness covered our hearts and our spirit was a waste place separated from our Creator and destined for eternal damnation.
“Let there be Light!” Oh, what a glorious command. What love from the depth of the heart of our Heavenly Father. What pity. What compassion. What empathy for Man, springing forth from grace, mercy and love of God for His creation, His children, His sons and daughters, the “offspring of God” (cf. Acts 17:28-29).
“Let there be Light!” Yes, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). It is time to let our light shine forth in the midst of the darkness, the desolation, the ruin, the waste places, the emptiness of the world. It is time to shine with the light of the Gospel to a desperate world in chaos, in confusion, in fear and anxiety for all that has gone wrong in our day, and in our times.
“Arise, shine for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising” (Isaiah 60:1-3).
“Let there be Light!” Let those glorious words be spoken, yea shouted from the housetops in this generation. There is yet hope for the weary, for the tired, for those who labor in the fields, in the vineyard of the LORD. Rejoice, for indeed, “the light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon” us.
“Then Jesus spoke to them saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life'” (John 8:12).
“Let there be Light!” Let Jesus be glorified in you this day.