“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.” (Genesis 1:1, 3)
It's a funny thing: light. Physics tells us it is a wave made up of photons, biology tells us it is essential for life, psychology tells us it is necessary for sanity. A focused, intense light has the power to cut with laser sharpness. A soft, diffused light powerfully soothes and calms. If you light a candle in a dark room, does the darkness swallow up the light? No, the light pierces the darkness, shining a beacon of hope for all who see it.
“For You, Lord, light my lamp; The LORD my God illumines my darkness.” (Psalms 18:28)
There are many types of light: candles, lamps, chandeliers, strings of multi-colored Christmas bulbs. Each one unique, each one serving a purpose. The powerful light of a lighthouse saves ships from crashing ashore, the red light on the dashboard of your car reminds you of needed repairs. Lights warn, and lights save.
Jesus says, “I am the Light of the world.”
“The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them. For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:2, 6)
Christ has come. The light of the world lives among us. He is neither wave nor particle, but he does cut and cure and soothe and heal and warn. Most of all, he saves. He pierces your darkness, cutting through your sin and blindness.
The light, the one true light has come. Jesus, the light of the world, has come to us.
“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)
Spread the good news — the Light has come and dwells among us!