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
God is eternal. Yet there was a point in history when this everlasting God reached from eternity into time and created. I do not believe it is coincidental that His first creative act was to bring light. That is who our God is: He brings light into darkness, and it is good.
I story of creation captures my imagination. It is amazing to picture a perfect and eternal God bringing life from lifelessness.
Unfortunately, sometimes my imagination takes me in the wrong direction. Sometimes I end up picturing something like an impersonal act of magic. I see God the Father, sitting back on His throne, shooting lightning out of his finger. Then, “poof,” wherever that lightning hits, something new is made. When I imagine that, I am wrong.
There is a New Testament passage that shows just how personal God’s creative Word really is.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. 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 all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. - John 1:1-5
Jesus is the Word of God. When God the Father speaks, it is God the Son who acts, and brings that Word to life. Jesus’ birth was not the point in time He was created, for He has always existed. Jesus' birth, though unique and amazing, was actually in line with whom He had always been- the active, involved, and redeeming Word of God.
As we prepare for Christmas, we can remember that this Word of God is still there, actively involved in this world. Just as Jesus’ appearance on this earth was not the beginning of His power, His ascension from this earth was not the end of it. He wants to bring light into the darkest corners of our lives- we just have to open the door and let Him.
From the beginning, Jesus has been our light.