3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Genesis 1:3-5
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:14
From my posts of July 19th & 22nd 2017 (no’s 4 & 5), I discussed how Yeshua was there at the beginning of time and was part of the ‘light-making’ with the Father YHWH as described in Genesis 1: 3. Therefore, when Yeshua says: “I am the light of the world” in John 8:12, we can realise that what He is saying is much greater than we might have first supposed; for Yeshua is the light creator, the source of light, bringing illumination to all who will hear His words and follow His paths.
When we reflect upon the qualities of light, we can produce a picture of what Yeshua is offering us through our acceptance of Him:
- for illumination
- it radiates
- it is a wave
So let us look at these attributes in more detail.
Light illuminates…When you hold a torch and shine it into a dark space, the area is lit up and everything in the path of the light is exposed. In the same way, Yeshua says “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12. The light that Yeshua gives us exposes what is in the darkness, turning us away from this towards the light of life – which is eternal life with the Father. Our unflinching trust in Yeshua means that His Holy Spirit can reveal to us (illuminate) the teachings of the Father and His Son, so exposing hidden meanings in the Word/the Bible.
Reading Psalm 119 ‘we find purpose statements connected with the illumination verses. “I will meditate on your wonders” (v. 27), “I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart” (v. 34), “that I may understand your statutes” (v. 125), “that I may live” (v. 144). The illumination always points to action. Why does God help us understand His Word? So we are able to live in its light. 1 John 1:6 challenges us, “If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.” We could paraphrase it to say, “If we say we’ve been enlightened, but still walk in the dark, we lie about understanding God’s Word.” The Spirit of God, who enlightens us to hear and understand God’s Word, then takes that knowledge and guides us in living it. Romans 8:14 says “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” The illuminating and leading work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is a confirmation that we are indeed children of God.’₁
Light radiates…When we are given the light offered by Yeshua, we begin to recognise the darkness in the world and, seeing it, we want to rescue those who are engulfed by it. As Yeshua uses us as His ‘carriers of the Good News’, we are able to radiate His light in the situations we find ourselves in – so touching others and sharing the love of YHWH and His Son with them. But, and there is a but, we are not radiating His light all on our own for YHWH Himself and His Son are the sole givers of the light and it is only through Them that we can be radiators of Their light! Further: ‘The fact that Jesus said to the people, “you are the light of the world,” (Matt. 5:14) shows us that he did not think of himself as the only light. We all have the privilege and responsibility to reflect God’s light. In contrast to people and even the Messiah, who all reflect the light of God, God Himself is not “a” light, or even “the” light, God is “light” (1 John 1:5). In God is no darkness at all. He shines brilliantly and has done so forever. Isaiah said God would be people’s everlasting light.’₂
The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Isaiah 60:19
Light is a wave: and because of this quality, light can do so many things! Now, looking at the science behind the light phenomenon we can see the absolute greatness of the power of YHWH when He said “let there be Light” in Genesis Chapter 1.
Rhett Allain explains a little about the science of the wave in light:
‘So, light is a wave. This means that it has many properties and can do wavy things such as:
- Expand and radiate in all directions (like a lightbulb or the waves in the water caused by a rock).
- Interfere with other waves.
- Bend around corners (yes, light does this – but it’s difficult to see).
- Carry energy and momentum.
- Interact with matter.
Light does all these things.’₃ But also he goes on to explain that ‘different wavelengths of light interact differently with matter. First, there is the electromagnetic spectrum. You can make an electromagnetic wave of all different wavelengths – from larger than 1 meter (radio waves) to less than 10 picometers (gamma rays – but they are still waves). Here is the common classification of the electromagnetic spectrum going from large wavelengths to small.
- Visible light
- X-rays (but they are waves)
- Gamma rays
All of these are electromagnetic waves and they all travel at the same speed (the speed of light). However, they have different interactions with matter. If you are inside, your mobile phone can still get data from a cell tower since these radio waves pass through most walls. Can you see through the walls? No. Visible light does not pass through most walls. X-rays mostly go through your skin, but you can’t see (with visible light) through skin – that would just be weird. Technically the interaction with light and matter depends on the frequency of light – but since frequency and wavelength are related, we can just talk about the wavelength.’₃
Reading all of this mind-boggling information leaves me to ponder over the fact that the light creating part of Genesis was so much more, so much deeper than my mind can possibly conceive. It can only confirm in my heart and mind that YHWH is magnificent beyond all imagination and creative beyond all understanding. And yet…yet He gave us His light, His only Son as bringer of light to our dark and otherwise irredeemable world! AMEN!
For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6)
The painting illustrating this post is another by Alex E Dias.