Light illuminates the world we live in and makes our existence possible. Without it, the world is truly nothing we can understand. Its beauty and perfection are hidden in darkness and uncertainty.
The Bible starts with the creation of light and God separating it from the darkness.
God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that light was good, and God divided light from darkness. Gn 3-4From that moment history began. History is the story of God working through His greatest creation: man. History could also be defined as the telling of light versus darkness over and over.
In the gospel of John, Jesus tells us in several places that He is the Light of the world.
The physical light that His Father created in the beginning is fulfilled in Jesus coming to earth as man. The true Light in the world is the Son of Man who leads all of us to His Father. John 8:12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” And John 9:5 “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
In Matthew Chapter 4, we are called to be light as Jesus is in order to illuminate our heavenly Father. “In the same way your light must shine in people’s sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven.”
Once we accept that Jesus is the light and we are meant to walk in His footsteps, we choose to stay in the light and avoid the darkness.
We know we will only stumble in the darkness. And if we hid in the darkness, it is because we do not feel worthy of coming into the light.
Don’t be afraid of the Light! Don’t stay in darkness out of fear! Remember we are called to imitate Christ and follow Him into Light. When we remain in His brilliance, we become reflections of Him. We shine so other people are then looking to Jesus. Let us remember that light is good and never be afraid to shine forth!