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Need a little more encouragement? 

Need to know that God loves you no matter what you've done or how unworthy you feel? 

Do yourself a favor. Take eight minutes and watch this.

LET THERE BE LIGHT!

What exactly is light? It’s usually presented this way: “Is light a particle or a wave? This is a difficult question – the answer is that in some situations light behaves as a particle and in others it behaves as a wave.” The current theory of light suggests it is both wave and particle simultaneously.

The nature of light has puzzled scientists for centuries. It still confounds. But we ought not be surprised, because it’s a mystery with origins that predate science.

These are the opening words of the Bible:

“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.

“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.” Genesis 1:1-5

So first things first, God created light. Not the light you would think—not the sun or the moon—they were spoken into existence in Genesis 1:14, AFTER the creation of light and of sky, land, vegetation, seed bearing plants and trees.

Which raises the question: Why was light created first? And what light is it?

The very next sentence after “Let there be light” provides the clue. It says, “God SAW that the light was good and he separated the light from darkness.”

He created light with us in mind. SO WE COULD SEE TOO. It’s how we process the natural world around us, observe the landscape and consider the people who populate it. In fact the Hebrew word for “light” in this verse translates “illumination.”

From the outset, God’s plan was that the light and darkness of the natural world should be seen and understood. That light and darkness are separate. Different. And that from God’s perspective, light is good. It's the first opinion He shares with us in scripture.

Light is also a prophetic picture of what would come later, after the fall of man, when we lost our bearings and embraced the lie that WE could be like God. Having taken on that responsibility, we would each have to distinguish right from wrong, spiritual light from spiritual darkness. The results have not been great.

So at just the right time, God sent spiritual light into the world. Not all wave or all particle or the combination that lets us observe the natural world, but all man and all God, the eternal mystery who lets us see into the spiritual world and behold the King and the Kingdom of God. Jesus put it this way: "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.

In the midst of the darkness, Jesus is the light, the way, the truth and the life. And just as natural light refracts through a prism revealing a rainbow—the very symbol of God’s covenant to never cut off all life again by the waters of a flood—Jesus flips the script and says, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." John 7:38.

The waters of the flood kill. The living waters of Christ bring eternal life.

And for those who are genuinely seeking God, the light of Christ within us reflects His light like a rainbow, or at least like a band or two of its spectrum. It's something of God’s beauty that makes others take notice, something that marks us as different, something that points to Him.

That too is part of His plan. A big part.

So lighten up.  It’s our calling.

Mark

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