“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day,’ and the darkness he called ‘night.’ And there was evening, and there was morning—one day.” (Genesis 1:3-5)
Out of the darkness came light! The night’s reign took an abrupt defeat as the light swarmed in. This was the first morning. But it was unlike our mornings with their gradual sunrise. On day one the sun had not yet been created; instead, the light proceeded from God’s glory. The light’s source was God’s voice. His Word thundered, shattering the silent darkness and ushering in a triumphant invasion of God’s light.
This was the first day. And it reminds us of another first day: Sunday morning (the first day of the week) when Jesus explosively rose from the dead.
Through Jesus’ resurrection he swallowed up death and darkness forever. And by resurrecting him, the Father declared Jesus as the living Word. The magnificence of Christ’s resurrection alarmed his followers just as the light of creation’s first day shocked the darkness. Observe the impact on the women at the tomb:
“When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jacob, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on the way to the tomb…But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him…’ Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid” (Mark 16:1-2, 4-8).
After a deep sleep, a sudden influx of morning light awakes, shocks and disorients us. But Christ’s resurrection engraves a greater imprint. The light of Christ imparts to us the fear of the Lord, causing us to humbly tremble before him.
Christ’s resurrection bewilders our preconceived notions and categories by which we judge the world. This light, even though it brings sight, also brings blindness to our natural prowess. It stops our mouths and causes us to stand in worship of him. Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
Prayer: Father, meditating on the first day reminds us of the first day of the week when Christ rose from the dead. Today, let the light of Jesus’ resurrection flood my life. I ask for an invasion of your light into my life that will break all the darkness in me. In your light I know I will see true light.