What does light do? Light helps us see. Without light we would always be stumbling around, falling over things, running into each other. We’d get hurt and we wouldn’t really be able to go anywhere or see anyone. We would need help, someone to show us the way or tools to help us navigate in the darkness.
Physically, when God created the universe, at first it was filled only with darkness (Gen 1:2). Then, by only His word of power, the first thing God made was light (Gen 1:3).
Spiritually, the Gospel of John tells us that the world of humanity lives in darkness. Darkness is a symbol of sin and death. Just like how physically we stumble and fall in the darkness, spiritually we stumble over temptation and fall into sin. But into the dark world of humanity, Jesus came bringing the light of God.
The Gospel of John tells us, “In Him [Jesus] was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:4-5). And Hebrews tells us that God, “has in these last days spoken to us by His Son [Jesus] … the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person” (Heb 1:3).
Jesus is God the Son, the physical incarnation of God. He brings God’s eternal light into this dark, sinful world of sin and death. This light is Jesus’ self-revelation of salvation in Himself for all who believe. (John 3:16-21).
As followers of Jesus, Jesus shares His light with us. And He tells us to share that light with the world. Jesus explains with an example in Matthew 5:14-16. When you put a lamp in a room, do you hide it under a basket? No, that’s silly! You get a lamp to light up the room. In the same way, the dark world of humanity needs believers to share the love of Jesus with our words and actions so they can see the light of Jesus, experience His life-changing power, and believe in Him.
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