Jesus the light was present when creation was spoken

The Bible begins and ends by describing an untainted world that is filled with light but no sun and shows God as the source of light, it was fitting that Jesus called himself the light, saying “I am the light of the world.” And he would continue by saying, “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). It was an audacious claim because as Jesus spoke these words he was standing in the temple treasury by the massive extinguished torches that had burned that very night in the ceremony of the Illumination of the Temple, which celebrated the Shekinah glory that led Israel for forty years in the wilderness. It was a solemn declaration of his divinity as “the light of the world.”

This divine-light declaration ultimately identified Him with the giver of light in Genesis 1. Indeed Revelation says of Jesus, “And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb” (21:23). It was also an unfailing promise because Jesus needs merely to speak, and men and women receive his light.

Jesus the light was present when creation was spoken into existence. The Scriptures are explicit. John’s Gospel begins, “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 was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men” (1:1-4). Nothing was made without Christ! Paul likewise affirms, “yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist” (1 Corinthians 8:6, italics added). All things came, at once, from God the Father and God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. And again Paul says of Jesus, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16). And then hear the twenty-four elders as they cast their crowns before him: “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created” (Revelation 4:11).

The grand point is that it is Christ the light, Christ the Creator, who brings order out of the dark chaos of our lives — who brings form to the chaos of our lives. If your life is dark and desolate, if your life is out of control, if there is no light in your life, but only darkness, and there seems to be no hope — there is!

The very same power that flung the stars out into the unfathomable, expanding universe while orchestrating life in the irreducible complexity of the cells of your body will act on your behalf if you come to him. He will turn your night into day with a word. He will reorder your broken life with a word. He will bring form out of chaos with a word. It is his specialty.

He is not only the light, the Creator, and the Son of God — he is the Saviour of the World. This very one who created the fleeing constellations, who orders the cell, who sustains every atom, came and died on the cross for your sins. This one will save you. He can bring a genesis to your life. That is what he came to do! There is creation power that can re-create your life. There is eternal life that will turn the midnight of your life into dawn and daylight and life and spring.

There is creation power that can re-create your life. There is eternal life that will turn the midnight of your life into dawn and daylight and life and spring. This is our God. He gives form. He reorders life. He will do it for you



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