This is a lovely time of year. The grass is growing, the birds are singing. The drab winter scenes are replaced by resplendent ones, as the beauty of nature reveals itself. A great transformation is wrought by light.
Yet, despite our familiarity with light, we actually know very little about it. It raises many questions. Is light real? Is it visible or invisible? Is colour real? Words like wavelength, photons etc. crop up in scientific discussions about light. It is one of those subjects that, like time, the more you know, the less you know definitively about it.
The Christian knows that God is the creator of light, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” [Genesis 1:3]. He separated light from darkness [Genesis 1:4] (That raises another unanswerable question, What is darkness?)
Picture a scene like a well-tended garden with green grass and colourful flowers and we respond happily to the beauty. Now picture the same scene a few hours later when the sun has set and the earth is in darkness – the grass and beautiful flowers with all their colours are still there – but you cannot see them.
Then, each day, God transforms the earth with the arrival of sunlight.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” [John 8:12]. Sadly, He also said, “And this is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds are evil” [John 3:19]. Sin darkened lives without the light of Christ, are the reason for so much bad news today.
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Think on these important words that Paul brought, “The god of this world (the devil) hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the Light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” [2 Corinthians 4:4].
The appearance of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to Light through the Gospel” [2 Tim.1:10].