Evening and morning
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Evening and morning
Have you noticed the bible starts a 24 hour day in the evening? There it is right in the very beginning, - ‘the evening and the morning were the first day,’ (Genesis 1:5) ‘So the evening and the morning were the second day.’ (Genesis 1:8) And so on.
Once we count from the evening we solve one of the apparent contradictions of scripture (actually there aren’t any) Jesus rose on the third day. Jesus was in the tomb three days and three nights. Seemingly contradictory statements! Solved – Jesus body was put in the tomb early in the evening – count night one. In the morning which followed count day 1 then that evening count night two, then day 2 – continue in that manner and you will complete three nights before Jesus rises on the third day.
There is a great principle here. In Genesis we read that the earth was prepared for mankind in a sequence of creative actions which followed the darkness of the earth in verse 2. Here is an important progression – from darkness to light.
This is what Jesus has done for every believer – transferred us from darkness to light. Once we had nothing to go by but only darkness, now we have His glorious light, not only with us but in us through His Spirit. It is rather like the psalmist, ‘weeping may endure for a night - that is in the darkness, ‘but joy comes in the morning’ - that is in the light. (See Psalm 30:5)
And so, this is what Jesus has done for me and for you, He transferred us from darkness to light, from no hope at all into His joy - the joy of the Lord. ‘Do not sorrow for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’ (Nehemiah 8:10) Peter put it like this, ‘Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.’ (1 Peter 1:8)
When times are difficult, hard, and bring sorrow, then remember, chose to bring to mind, the wonderful deliverance Jesus has achieved for you. Then put on the garment of praise. The spirit of heaviness will depart – no need to let things depress us and get us down. He will never leave us nor forsake us, He will bring good out of every situation for us. God is good. Sometimes it takes effort to start to praise God – especially if we come from a dark place, a place of difficulty or even a place of tragedy. Yet be transformed by the renewing of your mind, and sing and shout your praises to God, breakthrough into the inexpressible joy of the Lord – it is the place of strength for life.