“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth… And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”
One of the most beautiful things about the Bible is how every page, every character, every story fits together perfectly and beautifully. There are threads of love, mercy, and redemption throughout the whole book. The thread that is most important to all of mankind is mentioned first in Genesis 1:3, “Let there be light.” God’s plan from the beginning was to bring light to the world. He also shows us love – a love we are called to show to others. Since the very beginning, God has been showing His light and His love to His people through His abundant patience and by His ever-present hand leading and guiding them.
This love that God shows us is a deep, rich, overflowing, overwhelming love. Because this love is rich and overflowing, we are called to love others. We love, not because of who we are and what we’ve done, but because of who He is and what He does for us every single day. We love because He first loved us.
This love is the Gospel in action. From the first page of Genesis to the last “Amen” of Revelation, we read of God’s love and God’s promises for those who obey Him. The best promise ever made to man was the promise of a Savior – a man of sorrows, born of a virgin, with a mission to save the world from their sins. It is from that Savior that we learn what love is. And it is from that love that we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. To love in deed and in truth, not just word (1 John 3:18).
As we strive to live with this love for others, we continue the Gospel message. This message did not die on the cross with Jesus, because we as Christians are called to live it out. Because we have been washed and buried with Christ, we must share the promise God has made to mankind – the hope of a Savior. The word of God lives on in us Christians. We are instruments of righteousness and we are stewards of His grace. It is our responsibility to share the Gospel message with everyone around us, so that everyone can share in this beautiful promise of hope, light, and love.