1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
As a young art student, I was fascinated with light. It casts its radiance over everything in the world forming shadows, creating depth, revealing smoothness and varying textures. It shoots over one surface and bounces back from another, carving curves and chiseling multiple facets. Pass a beam of light through a prism and watch this package of bright, white brilliance burst forth from the other side in a spectrum of vibrant colors. It is beautiful, functional, and essential. But even as wondrous as light is; it is simply a created thing.
Genesis 1:3–4 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.
This light is linear and is limited by the strength and position of its source. It must have an origin. It must have energy or it does not exist. It can be turned on and off and we can escape from it. It can be disguised and changed. It fades away in the distance as it becomes consumed by darkness. This light is a minuscule reflection of its Creator, God, and barely comes close to HIS true light.
God IS light; holy, unapproachable, and eternal. He needs no resources to illuminate for He IS the source of all light. He is not limited to dimensions, origins or energy. He does not fade. He is not consumed. He does not change and He has no end. There is no escape from His brilliance. Instead, He consumes ALL by the power of His light. In Him there is no darkness; it has no power over Him at all. No man can stand in the presence of such pure, radiant, light without being utterly destroyed.
But He would not have us separated from Him by the impurity of our sin. He sent His Light to the world through His son, Jesus. Yes! “The true light, which gives light to everyone,” has come to us! Jesus, the very effulgence of God’s radiance wrapped in flesh, walked among us as a light to men. He showed us how to walk in light as He is light, living free from the power and practices of darkness. As He willingly sacrificed His life for our sins, His blood purifying us, He made it possible for us to enter into the light of His presence as His precious children. And on that day, the day when all things pass away, we will no longer need the sun or the moon for light; “… for the Lord God will be (our) light.” We will experience Him in all His glory, in all His intense illumination, and we will worship Him eternally!
Today, may we come out of the shadows and into His wonderful light. May we rely on Him to be the light to our path, the source of enlightenment during confusion, and the beacon of hope through our trials, giving thanks and praise to the “true light,” our, sweet Savior, Jesus Christ.
2 Samuel 22:29 For you are my lamp, O Lord, and my God lightens my darkness.