Summary: Jesus is the Light of the world. Light replaces the darkness, therefore, Jesus is that Light which shines in the hearts of the Saints. Have you seen the Light?
Have you ever pondered how powerful light is? When one is in the dark, they are desperately seeking for any light for guidance to safety. Children sometimes need a night light for comfort, or direction to the bathroom at night.
Light has reference also to understanding. For instance, when someone finally grasps a concept being studied, we might say the light bulb just came on.
Light also refers to goodness rather than darkness—which refers to evil.
Scripture gives us many references to light. We often hear the story of the Star of Bethlehem, at this time of year. Many light references are possible to speak of today. Let us look at just a few.
A. God creates light.
1. Gen. 1:1-4. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And 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.
a) Light represents the difference between good and evil.
b) Suggest to you this light was Christ.
B. Christ the Light
1. John 8:12. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
a) Jesus is the light.
b) Light refers to goodness, righteousness.
2. John 9:5. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
a) Jesus is the Savior. He is the righteousness of the world.
3. John 1:1-5. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
a) God made his son first before anything else was made.
b) John calls Jesus here Word.
(1) Without him nothing was made.
c) John also refers to Jesus as the light of men.
(1) Jesus creates goodness within man.
4. Rev. 21:23-24a. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it:
a) Jesus the Glory of God, the Lamb will light the New Jerusalem—heaven.
II. Earthly light
A. Sun and moon.
1. Gen. 1:14-18. 14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
a) The sun was for the day.
b) It was a bright light to give warmth and light for sight.
c) The reflective moon and stars gave light for direction at night.
d) The sun divides light from darkness.
e) The deeds of man are evil in the darkness, night, because they cannot be seen clearly.
(1) John 3:19-20. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
(2) This has double meaning—light and darkness as in good and evil. Evil things are done in the dark.
(3) Light as in Jesus is the light—righteousness. Jesus will reprove the deeds of man; he will expose the evil deeds.
B. The earthly lights will be destroyed in the end. The heavenly lights—Christ and God, will not.
1. 2 Peter 3:10. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.