“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:3).
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).
In the beginning, there was only God. The earth was dark and formless, and only God existed. But that all changed when God spoke a single command: “Let there be light.” The world has never been the same since. For with the introduction of light came the creation of the entire universe. In six days, God transformed the nothingness of the void into the world we live in today. He separated the light from the darkness, the day from the night. He set the lights in the heavens, such that darkness could never rule again. He made plants spring out of the ground, and He created living things to populate the earth. Last of all, He made mankind, alone of all creation to be made in His own image. After He made the first people, He rested from His work. Creation was finished, and it was very good.
The story of creation is incredible, but it becomes even more amazing in light of the New Testament. John began his Gospel with a poetic recounting of the beginning of days. The living Word was in the beginning with God, for He Himself was God. Through Him God created the world. He is life, and He is light. He it is who pushes back the darkness, who long ago removed its power forever with a single word.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). This Word, this life and light of men, is the one who came to earth as a man, to live among us and deliver us from the domain of darkness. He is the Word through which all things exist. He is the light which no darkness can overcome. And His name is Jesus Christ.