Where his light shines darkness is defeated

READ: Genesis 1:2-5

God called the light “day, ” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day (Genesis 1:5).

Each day is characterized by an evening and a morning. Note the order of that. The evening comes first. We, have divided the day so that it is a sandwich that begins with a period of darkness, then a period of light in between, and finally another period of darkness. We begin our day at midnight. In the Eastern world the day begins at sunset, so that each day starts with an evening and ends with a period of light. This is scripturally in line with the way God works. No matter whether it is humanity’s day upon earth, an age of time, or a twenty-four hour period, each begins with a period of darkness and then a period of light. As the apostle Paul say, “The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual” (1 Corinthians 15:46).

You may ask what meaning does that have for us as Christians? Can we not trace the fulfillment of this in our own testimonies? Did we not all begin our lives in darkness, in the grip and bondage of death and darkness? Through the glorious redemption paid for on the cross by Jesus Christ, we have passed into a period of light that is “shining ever brighter till the full light of day” (Proverbs 4:18); we have entered a period of growing and ever-expanding light. You can see this order in the work of Jesus Himself. There was the darkness of the crucifixion, passing very shortly into the glorious morning of the resurrection. Scripture also makes clear that if we have never gone through the darkness with Him, there is no morning to come. We must not live constantly in the darkness. The testimony of Scripture is that those who cling to the darkness, who refuse to be brought into the light, become, at last, as Jude describes them, “wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever” (Jude 13b).

Father of light, thank You, that from dark You bring light and that You have brought that light into my life through faith in Jesus Christ.

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