Jn.8:12 – Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world”.
Light is part of God’s intricate and beautiful creation. It came into existence as the Lord declared, “Let there be light”. Actually light is the first thing we see created in the Genesis account. Strangely enough, the sun and moon were not created until God’s fourth day. This makes me immediately think about the new heavens and the new earth with the New Jerusalem. The Lord said that the sun will not be the light there but the Lamb will be the light of that city. Apparently, the sun and the other lights in the heavens were created as pictures of the true light. We have no idea what creation was like before the fall of Lucifer and later on the fall of man. Apparently creation was quite different before their fall. Even in this darkened world today the brilliance of the light of Christ shines into our hearts. We are awakened by His glorious light. Here is a quote from Jonathan Edwards on this verse.
“God the Father is an infinite fountain of light, but Jesus Christ is the communication of this light….God the Father, in himself, was never seen: ’tis God the Son that has been the light that hath revealed him. God is an infinitely bright and glorious being, but Jesus Christ is that brightness of his glory by which he is revealed to us…..It was the Son of God, the second person in the Trinity, that all along appeared to the patriarchs, that manifested himself to Adam and Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that appeared to Moses in the burning bush, and went before the children of Israel in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, that descended on mount Sinai, that was seen by Moses and spake to him face to face as a man speaks to his friend, that dwelt between the cherubims: ’twas the same Jesus Christ that afterwards appeared in the form of sinful flesh and took on him our natures, and said, “before Abraham was, I am,” that here compares himself to light.”
In seems to me that darkness of this world is becoming deeper as the end of the age draws near. This light that shines out from the Lord has shone into our hearts. Today, Christians are the light of the world. Darkness cannot win. We must be determined to let our light shine in these dark times.