Advent: December 2: The Beginning

Genesis 1-2

In the beginning God created… everything. He creatively formed the earth, its inner workings, its molecules, and supplied all of its needs. Then, God created man and woman in His image to rule over it all. He blessed us, He gave us food, and He provided for us.  We were safe and we were free in perfect creation and communion with God.

What started it all was light, and the goodness that light brought.

Think about the world without light. It would be cold, dark, and lonely. We could not see, since our eyes were created to take in light in order to reflect images to our brain. We could not eat, since no vegetation would grow without the sun to provide the appropriate amount of light. We would die from the cold without the sun being the perfect distance away from the earth to warm our bodies.

Later in John 8:12, Jesus says “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Just as God knew from the beginning of creation we needed physical light to live, even more, He knew we needed His Son, Jesus, to come into the world as light to help us grow and to lead others to Him. Without Jesus, we would live a life that would be cold, dark, and lonely. We cannot see, we will not grow, and we will ultimately perish without the SON.

SEE GOD AROUND YOU

Find a plant that is growing in a sunlit spot in your yard. Observe how it is reaching towards the sun (even a blade of grass).

Next, find a bowl or coffee can and cover the plant. Come back and visit the plant in 2 days. What do you suspect will happen to the plant without light?

APPLICATION

Reach your hands up to the heavens like a plant reaches for the sun and praise God for sending His Son into this dark world to bring us light and life. Let Him know how much we need Him in our daily lives to keep us from walking in darkness.

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