The opening act describes a shapeless dark planet devoid of all the reasons you or I would ever want to live there.
Nothing fun. Nothing beautiful. Nothing tasty. Nobody to hang out with. Terrible internet service.
But then the Author of the story did something completely outrageous. He Himself uttered the first lines of the play, and in doing so, wrote Himself inextricably and irrevocably into the epic saga of creation and humanity:
Let there be light.
With those words, He who is Light flooded the atmosphere with His very own essence. The darkness could not coexist with the Light, but became forever separated from it.
There are those who believe that Light and dark are in some sort of grand war of the ages, each battling for supremacy. It might make for a good storyline if dark weren’t such a completely unworthy opponent.
“I’M BIG AND I’M BAD AND I’M SCARY!” dark shouts, stomping around in big boots.
Light grins and strikes a match, and instantly darkness is totally ruined, utterly unable to overcome even the tiniest flame.
It’s hard to consider it the grand war of the ages when it was never even a fair fight to start with.
We are the children of Light. We were created to shine, spoiling the reign of darkness with every Light-splashing footstep, bringing holy division as darkness flees the dazzling representation of our Creator.
Light is our identity, a perfect place for us to live. We don’t have to plug it in like a living room lamp. Light simply is, and He’s for us.
It’s darkness that we have to plug in. We can choose to wander through the neighborhoods of our hearts and minds, closing the blinds and drawing the curtains so that Light is denied access and dark is empowered and permitted to rule in territory that doesn’t belong to it. It’s a terrible choice on our part, but one we are free to make.
Meanwhile, Light stands ever ready for the moment we tire of bumping into the furniture, knowing that it only takes an instant and an invitation to unplug the dark and flood every nook and cranny with His brilliant, glorious, luminous goodness.
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.
This piece was written for a Sunday morning series at Kingdom Life Vision Center and was first read on March 9th, 2014.