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A Light in the Darkness

Here both physical and spiritual light merge. Eternal victory over sin and death will be achieved, and God will light our way. Praise the Lord!

The story of light and darkness in the Bible traces back to the first two verses of the first book: Genesis 1:1-2 read,

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

This verse covers nearly the entire creation of the universe and is not included in the six days of creation. It is evident that even a literal reading of the passage could allow for the Big Bang theory but does not require it. God can do anything, including creating the universe only a few thousand years ago, should He so choose.

It’s also noteworthy that God created the universe “Creatio ex nihilo,” which is Latin for “creation out of nothing.” Matter is not eternal but has to be created by a divine act. Amazingly, even science has now concluded that the universe began out of nothing!

The six days of creation actually begin in verse 3:

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

Up until day one, darkness was upon the earth. It is here that the contrast between light and darkness begins to unfold in the Bible.

The second vivid illustration of light and darkness comes in the New Testament, with the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The prophetic Scripture, Isaiah 9:2 states powerfully,

The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.

The world in general, and, specifically, the land of Galilee, are described as a place of “deep darkness.” The light that dawned in the darkness was none other than the Messiah, the king of the world. The Magi followed the sign of his birth and a literal light in the darkness: the eastern star, which led them to the place of Jesus’ birth.

This same Jesus declared, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12), and that we, His followers, are a light in the world, and a “city on a hill.” (Matthew 5:14,16). Like Jesus, we are to let our lights shine, so that the world may see our good deeds and give glory to God.

The Apostle Paul exhorts us in Ephesians 5:11, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness.” As I reflect on such deeds, events taking place at our southern border at night come to mind. The Bible is unequivocal in the command to welcome in the alien (Deuteronomy 10:19), but the way we are going about it is utterly horrific.

Allowing gangs and drug traffickers to control immigration has resulted in the sexual assault of up to as many as 80% of women and girls coming to the United States from Central America (HuffPost). There were 107,000 drug-related overdoses in 2021, with opioids, including fentanyl, accounting for 75% of deaths. The DEA reported that it seized enough deadly fentanyl in 2022 to kill every American!

And under our current administration, 85,000 children have gone missing (Newsweek). The New York Times reads, “Arriving in record numbers, they’re ending up in dangerous jobs that violate child labor laws — including in factories that make products for well-known brands like Cheetos and Fruit of the Loom.” All of these abuses represent “deep darkness,” and we must do all within our power to bring them to an end.

The Bible teaches us that our planet, which originated in darkness, will one day be replaced by a new earth that no longer require the sun. The Apostle John writes in Revelation 21:23 regarding the new Jerusalem, “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” Here both physical and spiritual light merge. Eternal victory over sin and death will be achieved, and God will light our way. Praise the Lord!

In service to Christ,

Mark Eastway

Pastor, Burket Bible Church

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