“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. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.”
Genesis 1:2-5 NKJV
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
John 1:1-5 NKJV
Of life, light and Spirit
I awoke this morning with a mission, committed to beginning a new year in the word of God, seeking to know Him even better. As I finished my breakfast, I furtively glanced at the clock, with great anticipation building, wondering: what does the Lord have for me today. I go into each day with the Lord with empty hands, waiting expectantly for Him to fill them.
As read through the first verses of Genesis chapter one, I thought of how I had finished the bible the day before, rejoicing in Jesus, the Creator, the Word of God, who brought all things into being, and who brought life into he soul of man.
As I considered the passages above, I found myself pondering the vast distance between the giving of life, and the giving of the Spirit, made possible by Jesus paying for the sins of His creation. In the time in between, there lies the vast history of the Scriptures, the history of man after the fall and the plan of God to b ring about reconciliation.
God come looking for us, even when we are sinners. Like looking for Adam in the cool of the day, even after he had sinned, God never abandoned His creation. In the fullness of time, Jesus once again came looking, laying aside His glory He knew with the Father walk as one with humanity.
Through Jesus, God initiated the process of reconciliation, as the Creator came to rescue the creation, and establish His Kingdom in the hearts of men and women of God.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”
Colossians 1:15-18 NKJV
Through Jesus, we have access to God, and the power of His Holy Spirit to guide and inform us. It is all made possible through the shed blood of Jesus, paying for Adam’s sin, and restoring the connection between God and man.
Brothers and sisters, let us rejoice this Christmas season in the coming of Jesus, the one who gave us life, and who now brings the promise of the Spirit to those who will believe.
In these times, darkness seems to be reigning, with those who dwell in darkness not able to comprehend the light that has come into the world. It is up to us go and tell of that great light, as those who have the Spirit of God in us. We have been made light bearers.
““You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Matthew 5:14 NKJV
Let us be the light of the world, sent by Jesus to proclaim the Good News. May we be faithful to be ambassadors of Christ, taking our testimonies and His love into creation, that those who have been lost, may be found and reconciled to God.
We who have been forgiven, converted, and saved have been commissioned. We have seen the light, and no longer dwell in darkness. May our behavior withy this in the church and out, reflect the heart of Jesus.
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.”
Ephesians 5:8-10 NKJV
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