Jn.1:9 – This was the true Light that, coming into the world, enlightens every person.
The universe is packed with over the top images pointing to the greatness of God. One of those images are the billions and billions of stars in the universe (our sun is just one average star in those billions). If you do a little research you will find that this one star that we call the sun has the potential to shine for another 5 billion years. That is really hard to comprehend. In one second the sun puts out enough energy to run our entire civilization for almost 500,000 years. If the stars exist to display God’s greatness it declares that all of these billions of stars came our from the creator with one word, “let there be light”. This displays to us the eternal nature of the Lord. He is the true light that burst on the scene at the birth of Christ. He was there in Bethlehem and He is here now. Jesus promised He would be with us until the end of the age. Here is how Bullinger describes this verse.
“Moreover, by coming into the world our Lord illumined the world. For by the coming of the Word, John embraced the mystery of the incarnation and of all redemption. To illumine is to instruct, to regenerate, to vivify, to sanctify, to liberate and to justify. For Paul also, speaking about the advent of the Word into the world, says, “The grace of God our Savior has appeared to all human beings, instructing us, that, denying ungodliness, we should live in a godly way, looking for the glorious appearance of our Lord Jesus, who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity.” Elsewhere, Paul says much the same thing: “A certain saying, and worthy that we should embrace it in every way, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Similarly, “Christ destroyed death, but he has brought light to life and immortality through the gospel.” Therefore, I refer the word erchomenon to light, not to human being. And thus the meaning is, “That true light illumines every human being by its advent and coming into the world.”
I have been pondering the creation of light and the creation of time for several days now. It is really impossible to think outside of time because we are in it. When Jesus, the light of the world, became a man in Bethlehem; the timeless One entered into time. For thirty three years He was living in time yet ruling the universe outside of space and time. Christmas is our Celebration of Light. The True Light has come and darkness can not withstand it.