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Let there be light!

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The funny things about light is that we cannot see it. Yet, without it we cannot see.

Before anything else was made by God, there was light. The Creation of light on the first day was necessary for there to be the Creation of everything else that followed, including the sun, moon and stars (that were not created in the Genesis narrative until the fourth day).

It may be that the Creation of light before the creation of the celestial orbs gives credence to the concept that Genesis is an allegory, but that is a discussion for another day. It seems clear that the light here is not the light of physics, but the light of truth. The true light is the light by which human beings navigate through life. Our decisions in life are shaped very much by the way that we see the world and the light by which we see it.

“God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us form all sin” (1 John 1:5-7)

Simply put, light is the presence of God and the dark is His absence.

Christmas is the coming of light, once more, into the world. The light that humanity turned away from in our pride moves evidently and clearly into our sight. It illuminates the world and makes everything perceivable by the presence of God. Jesus is the light of God’s presence in the world. This light brings life. A re-Creation of humanity so that the light of God becomes the central reality to our existence once more and the union of His presence is open to us. Jesus’ birth into this world brings new life; full life; God’s life.

“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it” (John 1:3-5)

This is my Christmas cogitation part 3 – perhaps you would like to read the others?

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Author: nigelthewarner

Disciple, husband, father, writer and football fan.

5 thoughts on “Let there be light!

  1. Hi, Nigel, I find myself in a technical disagreement with your post, while agreeing with its broad principle. You Mention that the Genesis statement “Let there be light” refers to God’s illuminating presence, not the light of physics. “Let there be light” marks the start of the process of creation. Are you suggesting that God’s light of truth was a part of the created process, therefore not in existence prior to the Creation, and therefore actually not part of the Eternal character of God?

    However, “God is light” (1 John 1:5). suggests that this is an attribute of God himself, rather than part of the creation process. The mention of light in the creation process seems to refer to the material creation as God himself is outside of time. This might refer to the Big Bang itself.

    • Hey Dan. I know what you mean, it is probably down to my murky writing and the complexity of the concept. Of course I do not believe that God’s existence was a part of the creative process. I guess what i am trying to get at is that when God says, “let there be light” the eternal character of God, God’s very presence, engages with creation and becomes perceptible. the presence of God is separate from creation, yet an integral part of it. Without God, nothing else would have been made. The first act of Creation is the introduction of God’s own presence into the perception of what will become the completed creation.

      Forgive this stupid analogy, but in order for a cake to be baked the baker must be the first ingredient. Without the baker there is only a pile of stuff. when the baker becomes evident then the ‘stuff’ becomes ingredients and the process of making the cake begins.

      I feel like i am groping with something that is far bigger than my brain. And of course, it might refer to the big bang. Whatever it means… God said let there be light and there was! (I hope that is all helpful)

      • I just love this sort of stuff! Real mind gym workout!
        Please pray for me – I’m starting to inquire about URC ministry training, and I am really aware and excited that God is calling me to something new. Many people (maybe yourself) are not sure if the URC is the right context, but that is where the scent seems to start. Please pray for a really clear scent to leading to the RIGHT PLACE!

      • Praying for you now mate. If the URC is where God is calling you then go for it! They helped to train me and i had 9 good years leading a church with them. My field of mission changed, so I have nothing against the URC. I pray that you find the RIGHT PLACE. In the meantime, we might well see you Christmas day if you are in Canterbury.

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