Dear Tabernacle Family,
Happy Resurrection Day!
Today, in the Season of Passover, we celebrate Jesus’ bodily resurrection from the dead, the beginning of the New Creation, and the assurance of the believer’s future bodily resurrection! This is truly a day to rejoice in the breaking forth of The Light of the world!
In the beginning, God spoke into darkness and chaos, issuing His powerful command, “Let there be light!” (Gen. 1:3). In a similar way, in Jesus’ resurrection, God has again declared, “Let there be light!” In that moment there burst forth a tremendous eruption of light, as before the Risen One, the tomb was thrown open and Death itself was conquered. Since that first resurrection morning, God’s Light has continued to spread throughout the world, moving onward toward that perfect Day when, “the dead in Christ will rise” (1 Thess. 4:16). Beloved, we have a future and a hope!
Proverbs 4:18 tells us, “The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.” In a very real sense Jesus’ resurrection was “like the first gleam of dawn.” Now, His Light is continuing to shine “ever brighter” until that day when all chaos will have been transformed into cosmos – an orderly, harmonious, systematic universe!
As you study the Old Testament, you see that God’s Word (The Torah) was understood to be like light coming from God, intending to illuminate all humanity. Psalm 19 compares God’s Word to the sun (v4-6), rising to separate light from darkness, truth from error, and good from evil (v7-14). This is the reason The Torah is so deeply cherished by the Jewish People and should be by Christians as well. We recognize that the Word of God is present in a Person – Jesus! He is The Word made flesh (Jn. 1:14). He is the True Light that all humanity needs: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men!” (Jn. 1:4); “That was the true Light which, coming into the world, gives light to every man!” (Jn. 1:9).
Surely, in His resurrection from the dead, Jesus has emerged as The Light of the world. His radiance will never dim, and in fact, will shine “ever brighter” until all mankind witnesses the glory of God from one end of the earth to the other. What began as “the first gleam of dawn” will ultimately culminate in “the full light of day,” with the earth having been saturated with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD! (Hab. 2:14).
Let there be Light!
Bishop Robert Stearns