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That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

 

God. Is. Light. What an incredible declaration. Now, watch out because these three words could change your view of God forever. In this passage, a dear friend of Jesus, takes an Old Testament concept of God as the Creator of light (Genesis 1:3), the one shines his light upon us (Psalm 27:1) and lights up our path (Psalm 119:105) one step further. The Apostle John says God is not just the source of light, he is light. Period. God is the essence of light and light is the essence of God.

Why is this such a big deal? Well, have you heard that light is comprised of three colors; red, blue and green? Light is Trinity. The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago demonstrates how when red and blue light are combined, the result is magenta. When green and blue light are combined, they make cyan. Red and green light make yellow. And when all three primary colors of light are combined, we see white light. Isn’t that amazing? God is light. Three-in-one. One-in-three.

This means when God shines, the essences of three-in-one and one-in-three exists. Whether we realize it or not, God is all around us and his light is on display for all to see. If that doesn’t rattle your brain, this will. John, one of Jesus’ closest buddies, witnesses Jesus in the flesh. He says, “that which we have heard… we have seen with our eyes… and have touched with our hands” (1 John 1:1). It’s this John who concludes that Jesus is God. It’s as if Jesus is one of those three colors that makes up white light. What a mysterious glory to hear John testify that his best friend is the Light of the World.

Now, John goes on to explain that Jesus, the Light of the World, did not remain in ethereal form but came to be revealed in the light. The Museum in Chicago also illustrates their science lesson with a computer or TV screen. These machines contain only three colors of light: red, green and blue. But, the three specific cone cells in our eyes work together, allowing us to translate these three colors of light into millions of different colors. Isn’t that interesting? Light hits our eyes before we realize the spectrum of color before us. When Jesus came into the world, he was brought to light. This is why it’s a big deal. Jesus, the source of light, allowed light to shine on himself so that we might recognize him, dwell with him, and perceive a whole new spectrum of glory with him.

As you go throughout your day today, notice the light around you. Notice how many things are powered with light, and how many things reflect light. Use these observations as an act of worship for the Light who makes these things possible.[/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text]

By Yvonne Biel  

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