In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God 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
One of my prize winning photos won its prize because of the light’s play over a rolling-hilled vineyard (above). You may not think the photo is all that great, but the light was wonderful! Beautiful. The touch of light on the vineyard is like a delightful kiss of God’s grace. Light makes things good. Light is good.
How true this is of Jesus! His touch is a kiss of God’s grace. We had done nothing to earn or deserve God’s kindness and love, his character and nature demanded that he redeem that which was – in its pristine condition – pure and perfect. God created all things good. His perfect creation was itself a gift. He will even provided a beautiful garden of delight and splendor for man and woman to enjoy.
Our experience today, however, includes not only light but darkness. Not all is beautiful. Not all is glorious. Creation has been marred.
Sometimes it’s obvious that man is the culprit. Gashes of earth torn away by strip mining. Forrests denuded by irresponsible foresting practices. Rivers and lakes polluted by careless industries and cities. Air pollution hanging over cityscapes like a caustic brown cloud.
There are also those times when creation itself shows its brokenness. Tornadoes rip through neighborhoods scraping even the grass bare. Hurricanes and tropical storms leave cities paralyzed in their wake. Earthquakes rattle in destructive tremblors. Wildfires scorch the earth and burn homes to the ground.
God’s gift of light has been blighted by sin. And the whole creation waits for the light to shine in the fullness of God’s glory. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. In the beginning God created light. That light has dimmed, but the darkness will not overcome it. There will come a Day when the light from above will be fully revealed. We will see the glory of God and the splendor of his creation as it was meant to be. Paradise will be recreated. It will be glorious. It will be good. We will see it, and we will see that it is good, for it is the work of God.