Back in the early days of Disciplehood – long before this Words Superseries was a twinkle in my heart, I inadvertently stole my own thunder and wrote a post about love, called The L-Word. Today, though, I want to talk about another L-word: light.
Light enters the story of the Bible pretty early. In fact, Genesis 1:3 tells us that light is the very first thing God created:
‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 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. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 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
What I find really intriguing here is that He created light, day and night on the first day, but made the sun, moon and stars on Day 4, and said specifically in Genesis 1:14 that the primary function of these celestial orbs was to “separate the day from the night, and … serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years.”
And yet, ‘there was evening and there was morning’ on the first three days as well. Furthermore, ‘God saw that it was good’ on the Third Day.
Before the sun, moon and stars existed, what was the source of light by which God distinguished evening from morning, and saw that His creation was good?
I’m tempted to dance around this for a few paragraphs, just to build some suspense and anticipation, but actually I think the answer is pretty straightforward: the source of light was God Himself. Nothing else existed yet, so this conclusion seems to stand up to process-of-elimination logic. But more definitively …
‘When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “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
I’m not saying that God is light, in the same way that 1 John 4:8 tells us that God is love, but I am suggesting that God is the source of light, like He is the source of Hope and the source of joy.
On that note, consider what it says in Revelation 22 about life and light after the Rapture:
3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
Keep in mind that according to some Bible scholars, at least, this description doesn’t pertain to a purely spiritual realm. Revelation 21 talks about a new heaven and a new earth, and this prompts some people a lot smarter than me to believe that this existence will take place in a physical universe. I imagine it as a new kind (or perhaps the restored original kind) of reality, where the barriers between spiritual and temporal no longer exist, or maybe no longer matter. And the new earth will be a lot like the old earth, except flawless.
And apparently, this flawless earth will have no need of the sun, because it will be indwelled by the Son (and the Father and the Holy Spirit), and they will provide all the light we need.
No need of the sun, because God Himself will provide all light we’ll need.
Sort of like He did before Day 4.
That’s pretty tough to picture, but it sounds pretty awesome.
… Not that I’m in a rush to experience it.
Peace be with you.