Summary: Scientists are baffled by the mystery of light they can study it but still don’t understand what light is. God is light according to the Bible and he’s as mysterious as light in the natural sense but like scientist we can study God and understand what lig
Mystery of Light part 2
Thesis: Scientists are baffled by the mystery of light they can study it but still don’t understand what light is. God is light according to the Bible and he’s as mysterious as light in the natural sense but like scientist we can study God and understand what light does in our life.
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.”
I John 1:5 “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”
Last week I introduced our series for the next couple of weeks. We will be exploring the mystery of light. Scientists will help us understand light and also help us to apply it spiritually to God as being the light of the world. Last week I covered the following introduction to an article I discovered in the Oct 2001 edition of the National Geographic. The article was titled the Power of Light:
Light reveals the world to us. Body and soul crave it. Light sets our biological clocks. It triggers in our brains the sensations of color. Light feeds us, supplying the energy of plants to grow. It inspires us with special effects like rainbows and sunsets. Light gives us life- changing tools, from incandescent bulbs to lasers and fiber optics. Scientists don’t fully understand what light is or what it can do. They just know that it will illuminate our future (3).
After just reading this introduction in the article I said, this article has spiritual insight for us as Christians. So I read on and the verses on light in the Bible just raced through my mind. Wow I thought! The Bible tells us that God is light. So we will continue to explore some spiritual application points from the scientific study of light.
I came across this quote this week on light from another author:
“Light, without which we can see nothing, is itself invisible. It seems to move from place to place instantaneously, passing ghostlike through solid materials such as glass. If it is part of the material world, it is certainly, by dint of its surpassing subtlety, the part that is closest to spirit: So thought the astronomer Johannes Kepler. It is identical to God, mystics like Mani and John the Evangelist declared” (Park).
T.S.- Lets learn how God is like light and in reality is light!
I. Scientists say, “Light won’t reduce. Light is light pure, but not simple.”
a. Light will not reduce – You cannot dismantle the parts of light and have light. It will not work if you try to reduce it or dismantle any of lights parts.
i. Light is non reduce-able but you can use light as a source of energy because you can compress a lot of light ‘s energy in a very small point.
1. Example when you use a magnifying glass on a sunny day to start a fire. When you do this experiment you are concentrating and compressing light together in one focused area. Result you light a fire.
a. Lasers are designed to work this way.
ii. Scientists tell us that this is one of the miracles of light:
1. “It has no volume. And photons have no charge, so in the process of being concentrated into a very small space, they don’t repulse each other as negatively charged electrons do.” (NIF will fit 4 x 10 the 24th power photons into the target capsule.) “They don’t bother one another” is the way Moses put it. “How many angels of light can dance on the head of a pin? In theory, and infinite number” (10).
2. Think about this statement – Light should not bother one another but gather together to gain greater power.
iii. God himself is light and he is non-reduce-able. You take away any part of God you don’t have God.
iv. The Lord gathers together his lights and compresses them together to stir up a fire in the world. To show light in the middle of darkness.
1. Spiritually this principle should be the same. The individual light elements should be able to come together and not repulse each other. A truth that the Christian church of today has neglected and ignored.
2. Jesus said in John 17: 20-23:
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”