Where would the good news be if John said, “God is light, but you cannot see his light; you cannot tell, you have no notion, what light is; what God means by light, is not what you mean by light; what God calls light may be horrible darkness to you, for you are of another nature from him!” Where would be the good news of that? It is true, the light of God may be so bright that we see nothing; but that is not darkness, it is infinite hope of light. It is true also that to the wicked, “the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light;” but is that because the conscience of the wicked man judges of good and evil oppositely to the conscience of the good man? When he says, “Evil, be thou my good,” he means by evil what God means by evil, and by good he means pleasure. He cannot make the meanings change places. To say that what our deepest conscience calls darkness may be light to God, is blasphemy; to say light in God and light in man are of differing kinds, is to speak against the spirit of light. God means us to be jubilant in the fact that he is light—that he is what his children, made in his image, mean when they say light; that what in him is dark to them, is dark by excellent glory, by too much cause of jubilation; that, however dark it may be to their eyes, it is light even as they mean it, light for their eyes and souls and hearts to take in the moment they are enough of eyes, enough of souls, enough of hearts, to receive it in its very being.
by Leah Morency
How can we know the good news, and how can we see it as such? As I have come to expect, the days pass, and I read and contemplate each small section of MacDonald's sermons, my heart, mind, and eyes begin to open to a new revelation that just needed the time to take root and blossom into new comprehension of a dimension I had not sensed before. There is more yet to come, I try to let this much settle deep. I begin by standing in this text. I see a woman on a diverse terrain of phantasmic scenery, feet rooted on two solid grounds. First, Man has a conscience, rooted in his coming from the nature of his Father, and the second, his Father is Christ the Lord, the Light of the world. My mind can grasp this! So the scriptures I stand firm on in this text, a rocky terrain of wide sweeping landscapes and tumultuous skies, is found in the beginning of the Word, the Light, the Life of men, in the Creator God, in the opening verses of the Bible. Genesis 1:1-5 introduces God, the context of us and everything in reality. 1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.
5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
And fulfillment of and persistence of creation in John 1:1-5:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The creative work of God meets, over reaches any death or darkness we can conjure, even religion and doctrines and twisted truths, and that is His nature, meeting ours. All darkness is a not seeing Him. Light is seeing him. Evil is believing while in it, that we want the darkness. For our sake, God continues to create. Death and darkness, Evil, is the want of more creation in us, which God works in a willing son. "In him was life, and the life was the light of men." John 1:4 ... Light for "their eyes and souls and hearts to take in the moment they are enough of eyes, enough of should, enough of hearts, to receive it in its very being."
My conscience has me here, I can not go against it. God can continue to work in me as he promises as I am willing, willing to walk with Him in the Light. That is for each of us, as we are each a part of creation, and share in his nature. None of us is outside of this reality. ~ To close, I share an excerpt of MacDonald's novel "The Fisherman's Lady," which I read many years ago and recently picked up again for the pleasure of it and that illustrates how we can walk in the Light. Early on, in chapter 4 in the story, Malcom, being a former pupil came to assist a wise teacher who is described through his relationship to and teaching of his students. "Only a pupil of his own could have worked with Mr. Graham, for his mode was peculiar. He would never contradict anything but would oppose error only by teaching truth. He presented truth and set it face to face with error in the minds of his students, leaving the two sides and the growing intellect, heart, and conscience to fight the matter out. To him the business of the teacher was to rouse and urge this battle by leading fresh forces of truth onto the field."
Ch. 4, The Fisherman's Lady
God calls not only to stand firm in Him, but to walk in the light, follow Christ, "rouse and urge this battle by leading fresh forces of truth onto the field." What Completely awesome and exciting news is this, It is indeed the truly good news Jesus brings!