The Illumination of The World
Genesis 1:3 (KJV) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
At first, this seems to be a very simple passage: in the course of creating the universe, God creates light. However, later, God creates the sun and the moon to illuminate the world and to divide day and night. So, is there more to this passage? Yes, perhaps. Suppose the light shed on the creation in Gen 1:3 is not the light of the sun, but the light of the Son.
John 1:1-4 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
So, what if the light was Jesus, not being given to the creation, as He has always existed, but being made available to the new creation. Consider where we would be, as a creation, if “The Light” had never been given to us? Where would we be without the Word of God? Where would we be without the salvation offered to us by Jesus?
So, in Gen 1:1-2, we see the first creative act of God toward man – the creation of the universe, as we know it. But, in Gen 1:3, we see something more special than the creation, we see God’s love for us. In the very beginning of creation, God is making a provision for each of us. Individually and collectively, God was thinking of us, as He created the universe and as he created us.