In John’s gospel story about Jesus, he repeatedly refers to Christ as light. In the NASB, there are 16 references to Christ as light just in the Book of John:
John 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
John 1:5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
John 1:7 He [John the Baptist] came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.
John 1:8 He [John the Baptist] was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
John 1:9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
John 3:19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.
John 3:20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
John 3:21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
John 5:35 He was the lamp that was burning and was shining and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light.
John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
John 9:5 While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”
John 11:9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
John 11:10 But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
John 12:35 So Jesus said to them, “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.
John 12:36 While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.” These things Jesus spoke, and He went away and hid Himself from them.
John 12:46 I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.
The light that we see with our eyes shines brightly, guides us, feeds us (we absorb vitamin D from the sun through our skin), warms us, causes life to bloom and grow, and illuminates our surroundings so that we can rightly discern the world around us and make wise decisions. Without the light, we could not see all of the beauty that Christ has created for us.
Jesus Christ is the reality of this Light. What the sun provides for us physically, our Lord provides for us spiritually as He dwells in us. As the church lives in Him together and expresses Him, His real light continues to shine in the earth today.
Jesus causes us to shine brightly with His life.
Jesus guides us with His Spirit in us.
Jesus provides us with spiritual nourishment.
Jesus produces warmth and joy within us.
Jesus is the vine, in whom the branches abide, and from which we bloom and grow.
Jesus illuminates our spirits with His Spirit so that we can discern the true, heavenly reality from His vantage point.
Jesus brought beauty to the darkest places.
The church today, together in Him, through His life in us, can bring beauty to the darkest places.
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