What was it like…

…to be present on the first day of Creation?

By Edward Thal.

If you have invited Jesus Christ into your life you have had a taste of that extraordinary event, and if you have ever prayed with someone who encountered the living Jesus Christ for the first time you have witnessed an element of the creation day all over again!

Scripture lays out this amazing truth in two passages, one about the beginning of all things and the other about the beginning of eternal life in a human soul – in each case the source of the creative impulse and the first step in creation is identical!

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth […] and God said, let there be light, and there was light. (Genesis 1:1, 3).

This familiar introduction to the Bible states clearly and emphatically that we do not live in an accidental universe: it is the purposeful creation of an intelligent and immense Power whose form and essential identity is incomprehensible to the human mind, but is closely associated with light.

Following the declaration about the beginning initiated by God the Bible unfolds a compelling narrative that proceeds to answer all our relevant questions about the human condition and the world in which we live. We learn about the cause and consequences of our brokenness and our inability to heal ourselves.

And then we come to this, written several thousand years after Genesis:

God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6).

In Him was life; and the life was the light of men […] that was the true light… (John 1:4,9).

The implication is breathtaking in its scope: at the beginning of everything when all is dark the Creator God speaks light into being; then He repeats that event when the light-bringer, Jesus Christ, enters the darkness of an individual human soul.

The first is an act of creation. The second is an act of recreation.

If this has been your experience — if you have received the light — are you awed enough and grateful enough to reflect it to others? And if you’re still walking in darkness, let today be the first day of a new creation for you as you invite God to shine His light into your heart.