In John 8 Jesus calls himself the light of the world. This is one of my favorite references to how God describes himself. I think it is meant to tell us so much more that just he shines light on spiritual things so we can understand them. I think that the more we know about light, the more we can know about his personality and value to our everyday lives.
I have used this subject to tell children in classes I have taught about how fun and amazing God is. When you ask children what is the most fun thing they know about the colors of light, they always answer that it's the rainbow. If you take only a few minutes to think about light, there are a multitude of things you know about it. Did you ever stop to relate what you know to God?
1. Light which passes through a prism breaks into colors. Without the prism, (or droplets of rain, or anything that would otherwise act like a prism) we might not have known that white light is comprised of many colors of light. The spiritual application is that we act like a prism. When God shines through us, we should be able to demonstrate the miriad ways that he brings joy to our lives. The great big unknown of who God is, breaks down into lots of more recognizable bits of his character that we can understand and interact with. He is indeed a colorful, multi-faceted being who can relate to each of us as the personality he made us to be. White light is giving, always coming to us for our benefit. I really like that concept.
2. The opposite of light is darkness, or black. Even the blackest light has spectrums that we cannot see, but that is more of the mystery of how God shines into darkness. Even in the depths of the ocean, fish glow and make their own magical colors where darkness abounds.They reveal there is light anywhere there are creations of God. But the opposite of this, is that where there is no light or darkness abides, it is because darkness absorbs light. Black absorbs heat and light, which is benficial if you need to stay warm. But in the scenario of light vs dark, dark is a taking entity. The opposite of God who is very giving.
3. In addition, there is the contrast between the two. I often enjoy art that shows that contrast. Amost any primary color looks amazing against black backgrounds. So if we are like Jesus, we will stand out against the darkness of places that lack his presense.
There are dozens more impications and comparisons and all of them fit when you think about God. It stands to reason that if God made light, and he also compared himself to it, in fact said he was light, then anything we learn about light will reflect something wonderful that we can know about God. Next time you watch a NOVA program about the sun and stars, or see a rainbow, consider what character of God might be revealed.
Example: Light makes plants grow and provides nutrients for us. Again giving, again an element of life. Light heats our world, and reveals the colors in everything around us. Light is ambient, and brightens our spirits. Can you think of more. Please share.
One more thing. When we long for the daylight to come, it is becasue we are more comfortable in the light. Somehow we are encouraged that things can be faced when the sun is bright and shining on our day. Isn't that true of knowing you are in God's grace. Seek the Light of life. And to know what you are looking for, see how light affects us, helps us, strengthens us, feeds us, guides us....and you will know how God desires to be the light of your life.
Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12
In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darknes comprehended it not. John 1: 4-5
Arise shine for the light is come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy arising. Isaiah 60: 1-3
Thank you, Father, for glimpses into who you really are. Although light has always been a magnificent and amazing thing to mankind, how marvelous that, as we are able to know more about it's make up through the endeavors of "science," it only gives us more to love you for. Praises!! In Jesus name, AMEN