The Lord is my light and my salvation . . . — Psalm 27:1
No truer words…Jesus is both Light and Salvation. And while His salvation is given to those who come to Him in faith, His light is not limited to those alone. The light of Jesus came into our world, even before the earth was formed and all that dwells therein was created.
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Gen 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Gen 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
Gen 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.
Gen 1:5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
The Light that came into our world on day one of creation week was not the sun. The sun was not created until day four (Genesis 1:16-19). The separation of light from the darkness was not the separation of daytime hours from the nighttime hours. That, also, took place on day four (Genesis 1:18).
The light that God called “Day” in Genesis 1:5 is Jesus. He is the True Light and He gives light to all (John 1:9). So the darkness God called “Night” would be the darkness that exists without Jesus. In God’s first work of creation, Jesus changed the world from darkness (vs 1) to Light (vs 3), from “Night” (the absence of Jesus) to “Day” (His presence), and God declared this to be the evening and the morning of the first day. It should be noted that God’s designation of evening and morning does not mean time as we know it, time as determined by the rising and setting of the sun. It is the absence of Light/Jesus (evening/darkness) and the His presence (morning/Light).
This distinction of evening and morning set into place a choice of darkness or light, of no Jesus or Jesus–a choice that all must make.
So, in our Triune God’s great love, the earth and all that dwells therein was formed on a foundation of the Light of Jesus. And even before man was created, God set in place the choice of darkness or Light.
Perfect Creation / Perfect Love
Remember that Adam was created in perfection, in God’s Kingdom of Light. The Light had been separated from the darkness. Sadly, when Adam sinned, he chose darkness and, in doing so, he plunged the world into darkness. Since that time, every person born is born into darkness. But Light still remains. And, for those who choose God, they are translated into the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Light:
Col 1:13-14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
From the first day of creation, our Triune God began to proclaim His glory; and from the moment Adam sinned God revealed a Rescuer would come (Gen 3:15). God, in His great love, graced man with more and more Light. Through prophecy and revelation, God began revealing His plan of redemption so man would have Light to see in the darkness.
The apostle Matthew wrote of Jesus’ public ministry in fulfillment of that which was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah:
Mat 4:15-15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.“
Jesus, the Light of man, entered into our world. But many did not see Him.
John 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 1:5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
John 1:11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
We’ve Seen the Light
For those who belong to Jesus, for we who have repented and trusted in the Light for our salvation (Ps 27:1), we have been made God’s children.
1 Th 5:5 You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Live in the Light
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Celebrate the Light
What does it mean to “celebrate the Light?” It means to rejoice in your salvation; to abound with praises offered to the One who is Light; to enjoy Him and to be glad (Ps 118:24). It means to find delight in Jesus.
Psa 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD…
Psa 40:8 I delight to do Your will, O my God…
Psa 94:19 …Your comforts delight my soul.
Psa 119:24 Your testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.
Jesus is the Light that guides us and only Jesus can dispel the gloom of sin, sorrow, and darkness.
Have a Delight-filled Day!
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
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to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.
When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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