Jesus: The Light of The World

Posted by on Nov 20, 2002 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

When God said, “Let there be light,” He energized the creation.  In John Chapter One we read:  “All things were made by Him (Christ), In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” It was Jesus who brought life into this world, because Jesus is the light of the world.  (John 8:12)

Light is pure energy, which brings life to all God’s Creation.  That little child of Bethlehem has turned the light on and brought us Light and Life – eternal life.

As we look at His wonderful, glorious Light, we learn of Jesus’ purity.  The Bible says the “Light was in the world, but Jesus was not of the world.”  In the natural world, there is nothing as pure as light.  It is a characteristic of light that it cannot be defiled.  No matter what it falls upon, it can never be corrupted.  It exposes corruption, but is not touched by it.  As water bubbles up through the ground, it is contaminated.  However, as light passes through the water, it responds by showing us its internal beauty (the seven colors of the rainbow).  From this understanding of light, we can get a wonderful picture of Jesus:  He exposed sin, but was never contaminated by it.  You see, it is His Light that convicts and convinces us of sin (John 3:19).  Because of His purity, He is able to convince us of our sin.

In addition, the Light shows us His constancy.  James 1:17: “Every perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no variableness.”  Isn’t it interesting that this scripture on the invariance of God puts it in context with Light?  Light is like that – it never changes.  Einstein’s famous Theory of Relativity (E=mc2) is based on the constancy of light.  Einstein was able to develop the theory because he observed that the speed of light was the same regardless of the motion of the source.  That is, the speed of light is one entity in the universe that appears to never change* – rather than space or time, as Newton believed.  This brings to mind Heb. 13:8:  “Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever.”

A third characteristic of light is its victory over darkness.  “Lucifer” means the “light bearer”.  But he turned against God, and sinned against the light.  Now he is called Satan and there is Darkness at battle with the Light.  But Darkness has no power over the Light.  We simply turn on the light, and the darkness flees.  Rather than curse the darkness, we need to realize the power of Jesus Christ, and bear witness to His Purity, Constancy, and Victory. (John 1:8)

A fourth aspect of Light is its vitality.  Light and life are often interwoven in scripture.  God first created plant life, and flowers began to blossom through the miraculous process we can photosynthesis, which means “put together by light.”  The chlorophyll in the plants uses the light energy from the sun to make sugar from CO2 and water, and gives off oxygen for us to breathe.  The vitality of our life support system depends on plants and their photosynthesis.  As the Light of the world, Jesus is our Life support system, a Divine Photosynthesis!

In addition to the vitality of Light, we enjoy the glory of the Light.  Throughout scripture, light is used to represent the glory of God.  Ps. 104 says; “You are clothed with light in majesty and splendor”.  It is this light of God that is in Jesus Christ.  The sun isn’t needed in heaven, for the Lamb (Jesus) is the light of the City (Rev 21:23).

Light is made up of the spectrum of seven colors of the rainbow – the absolutely perfect number seven.  So the spectrum signified the beauty and perfection of the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Put the colors back together, and we have pure white light, which represents the fullness, holiness, and purity of our Lord Jesus Christ.  “He makes the world beautiful in His time,” Ecc. 3:11.

Light has come into the world; His name is Yeshua, the Christ.  He is the Light of the World.  Just as our earthly source of light and energy (the sun) rises in the eastern sky daily, we are reminded of His risen glory, and that He is soon returning.  As we observe the marvelous solar system, we can understand His love and mercy towards us.  His Light reaches all the way to where we are, and brings us everything we need to sustain life.  Just as the earth turns to receive the light, we need only turn away from Darkness in repentance and face the Light, and the Light of His Truth reaches us and destroys the Darkness.

If you will open your heart and receive Him as Lord and Savior, He will pull back the veil of Darkness and flood your world with Sonlight.

*Although the speed of light can be raised or lowered through various types of media, it remains constant within that media.  Also, some debate still exists regarding research indicating a decrease in the speed of light over time.

By Bill Browning (Guest Writer) and based on a sermon by Adrian Rogers

Originally published in the Winter 2002 issue of Think and Believe newsletter.

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