Let there be light… When creating the world, God spoke light into this world. But in one moment, everything changed. Man ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and as a result, death and darkness would reign. But God had a plan… one that He put into motion in the Garden of Eden. He would restore the light through His promised Messiah. And everything that happened as result of sin, would be overturned.
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In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. – John 1:4-5
Throughout the course of the last 2000+ years, many theologians have tried to simplify and explain the atonement of Christ. What exactly happened on that cross? Why did Jesus have to die in such a manner to save the world? And while I don’t pretend to have all the answers, I do know that it can’t be simplified. The truth is that MANY things happened on that cross, and EVERYTHING changed from that point in history. On that day, light overcame the darkness in every way possible.
Most of us know the physical story of what happened when Jesus came and died on the cross for mankind. But spiritually speaking, far more occurred. The Bible gives us a few glimpses into what spiritually happened in those moments of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection.
Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. – Hebrews 2:14-15
- Death was defeated. – The power of death has been destroyed, and all who are in Christ have inherited eternal life.
- The earth is being made new. – Do you remember how when man sinned the earth suffered consequences as well? Well, the Bible tells us that God is making all things new. He is creating a new heaven and a new earth, and all will be as it was in the Garden of Eden once again. (Revelation 21:1-7, 22:1-5)
- Light now reigns. – The world may still have some darkness in it, but all who follow Christ are walking in His light. And as the Kingdom of Jesus grows, we are bringing His light to the darkest corners of the earth. Never forget… darkness cannot overcome the light!
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” – John 8:12
- Our relationships have been restored. – The curse in the Garden of Eden greatly affected man’s relationships. Not only was Adam and Eve’s marital relationship strained, but they did not have the Holy Spirit living within them the way we do today. In Christ, we can love each other unconditionally the way He loves us.
- Our eyes have been spiritually open and we are no longer easily deceived by the enemy. – Jesus came to open the eyes of the blind… and He wasn’t simply talking about those who were physically blind. And now that our eyes are open to the truth, it is much easier to recognize the enemy’s lies.
- We have been set free. – Under the curse, we were slaves to sin. But we are no longer in bondage to sin and death! And not only are we free, we have been given the right to become children of God.
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. – Galatians 5:1
- The enemy has been stripped of his authority and has been disarmed. – According to Scripture, we still have an enemy. But he is no longer in charge… Before ascending into heaven, Jesus told His disciples that ALL authority now belonged to Him. That means the enemy no longer has any. The only thing he has left is lies… as well as a devastating future.
When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. – Colossians 2:15
- It will be on earth as it is in heaven. – Jesus told us to pray that God’s will would be done “on earth as it is in heaven.” In the Garden of Eden, this was the case. The spirit realm where God dwells was united with the physical realm where man dwells. They were one. We know this to be true because God, who is Spirit, walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the garden. The book of Revelation describes the restoration of this garden… a place where mankind dwells with God. And in this way, it will once again be on earth as it is in heaven.
The Bible tells an amazing story. A perfect creation is tainted by darkness, death, and deception. And God, in His infinite love, reveals a plan to restore once again to be a place filled with God’s glory, light, and life everlasting.
I titled this series Let There Be Light. Because in the end, every single story found in the Bible takes us on a journey of restoring light to this world once again.
Will you join me on that journey? Over the next several months, we will be diving into the stories of the Bible as they unfolded.
Each story takes us one step closer to Jesus… our Savior… the Light of the world.
And God said, “Let there be light…”
And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. – Revelation 21:23-24
*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.