Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Life still Speaks, The Light still Shine (Genesis 1:1-5)

First this: 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. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. God spoke: ‘Light!’ And light appeared. God saw that light was good and separated light from dark. God named the light Day, he named the dark Night. It was evening, it was morning – Day One
(Genesis 1:1-5, The Message)

There was only “a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness.” There was only dark. And then there was everything, spoken by God into existence only by His voice: “Light!” or “Let there be light!” With those words, light shone out of the darkness, order out of chaos, and the emptiness was filled with good, beautiful things – thing that gave God pleasure.

It was so good, so very good!” (1:31) God said. It wouldn’t be long before the perfection of the natural order would be contaminated by sin and death, but this first two chapters – Genesis 1 and 2 – reminds me (in fact all of us) of my longing to see God and for the perfection of Heaven. The Creation story also tells me that everything in this universe – every single thing – is of supernatural origin. Everything created echo God’s voice that says, “Let there be…

First this: God…” reminds me of “The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one. Everything was created through him, nothing – not one thing! – came into being without him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out” (John 1:1-5, The Message). Oh, now we know, that it was the Word that set things in motion, and that Word still speaks… for the Word is “The Life-Light” Christ. He was with God from the beginning – first. Indeed, He was God, shining in “a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness.” The Word, the Life still speaks. The Light still shines. Halleluiah!


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