Light of the World

by Glenna Meredith

I wonder sometimes how many Christians, true believers and disciples of Jesus Christ, can grasp the depth of meaning in this phrase: light of the world.

Jesus is the light of the world in many senses, spiritually and morally in a more obvious way.  But do you ever dig a little deeper into the far reaching aspects of being, quite literally, the Light of the World?

In Genesis we have the order of creation, and in that first chapter we find out this:

In the beginning God created[a] the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit[b] of God was moving over the face of the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

I’ll never forget when my friend Kim drove to my house to talk about this passage of scripture; she had read it and, without intending to pun around, a light went off in her mind concerning what this meant.  As we read through Genesis, the proclamation to “let there be light’ comes ahead of the actual formation or creation of the sources of light upon which we depend: sun, moon and stars.

John 1 tells us that Jesus is the word.  The word spoken in Genesis is Jesus, becoming the literal light that is making all things visible.

I don’t know about you, but that is revelation.  Jesus is’t just a metaphorical light, he is literal light, and his presence in our lives and therefore in our world is a light that cannot be extinguished because it has already held the world in a state of illumination by the very nature of who he is.

On this Palm Sunday, as headlines scream at us of murder in Egypt and the martyrdom of fellow believers there, we need to embrace more fully the truth that Jesus is the Light of the World, and that His Light will never go out.

No devil from hell or wicked human act will ever diminish the glory of God, or the presence of Jesus among us.  Only we do that when we neglect to embrace fully who it is that we love and serve.

In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the Word was (is) God.  And he is the light of the world, and all of eternity.

Jesus had to tell his disciples to not hide their light under a basket.  We’re like an indelible LED light, long lasting and impossible to put out.  The only way we don’t shine is if we cover ourselves with something not emanating from him.

Jesus is coming back to claim a church that is as illuminated with life as he is, because Jesus is our Light.  We are the lantern through which he shines out to the world, and nothing will ever extinguish this light.

Let our prayers be for those in danger, for workers to the harvest, and for the ability to shed whatever dims the light of Jesus in our lives.