Saturday, July 21, 2012

Reflections on Thy Strong Word (verse 6)

The Light has shone in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. The reign of darkness has ended, for sin has been paid for, and death itself destroyed through the death and resurrection of the Light of the world, the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. In the new heavens and the new earth, there will be no more night, but there will also be no created light, as John was shown in the book of Revelation: “The city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.” The Lamb of God, sacrificed for the sin of the world, is the Light that will shine for eternity, shining on all those redeemed by His blood. Thy strong Word bespeaks us righteous, and those who are righteous will dwell in that Light forever.

“God the Father, light-creator, to Thee laud and honor be. To Thee, Light of Light begotten, praise be sung eternally. Holy Spirit, light-revealer, glory, glory be to Thee. Mortals, angels, now and ever praise the Holy Trinity!”

The Father created light by speaking; Thy strong Word cleaved the darkness. The Son is the Light; Thy strong Word shone the light on those dwelling in darkness. The Holy Spirit reveals the Light; Thy strong Word bespeaks us righteous. The Trinity together gives us the gift of Light; at creation, in redemption, and in justification. The Word and the Light; together these powerful images describe the glorious working of the Holy Trinity in our salvation. The Word and the Light are the gifts of our Triune God, the God who loved us despite our rebellion, the God who acted in mercy to deliver us from our darkness. Mortals, angels, now and ever, praise the Holy Trinity!

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