When God made the world, the first thing he made was light.
â€œIn the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over
the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering
over the waters.
â€œAnd God said, â€˜Let there be light,â€™ and there was
lightâ€� (Genesis 1:1-3).
The first book of the Hebrew scriptures begins with the
creation of light. Light was required for life to flourish, even
though we humans didnâ€™t realize until later how much the
rest of creation depends on it.
Then, on the third day, God caused dry land to form,
separating the waters. That produced the perfect
environment for plants to spread on the earth, producing
energy in the chemical labs of their leaves. This energy
provided food for the living food chain that followed,
climaxing with us human beings.
Light creates an environment for us to function optimally--
physically, intellectually and morally--by making our deeds,
and hence or natures, evident and by giving us the ability to
see what is around us, to work with it and stamp it with our
own creative flair.
Light is a rich metaphor for the varied concepts that are basic
or lives as Christians. According to world religion scholar
Huston Smith, â€œLight is a universal metaphor for God.â
€� John agrees, â€œGod is light; in him there is no darkness
at allâ€� (1 John 1:5b).
John uses light in his writings as a metaphor for Jesus. â
€œThe true light that gives light to every [person] was coming
into the worldâ€� (John 1:9).
He urges us to emulate Jesus by walking, as he does, in the
light of moral behavior, unity and purity. â€œIf we walk in the
light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus, his Son purifies us from every sin. (1
The Apostle Paul uses light as a metaphor for intelligence,
comprehension, understanding and conscious awareness. â
€œFor God, who said, â€˜Let light shine out of darkness,â
€™ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the
knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christâ€� (2
God, who is light, wants us to live basking in the light of his
presence. He will banish the darkness of fear, immorality and
divisiveness as we begin to reflect his light and become light
ourselves to those around us.