The concept of 'light' is one that we hear often throughout scripture.
Christ called himself 'the light of the world. -
"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"
God promised through the prophet Isaiah that light would come -
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you."
Paul uses the language of light in 2 Corinthians, saying that 'light' has enabled us to see and understand God's glory in Christ -
"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness, made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ."
To really appreciate the language of light, we must concede to the reality of darkness. One of my favorite musicians, Ryan O'Neal, says in one of his songs - "darkness exists to make light truly count."
Light matters because apart from God's enlightening work in our hearts, we will be stuck in darkness. The Prophet Isaiah says it so well -
"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned."
Often times as we talk about realities of God, we forget that we would not even understand those realities had God not, in his grace, shone his light on our hearts. We cannot in and of ourselves understand who God is; It is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that enlightens our hearts to the truths of scripture. Light brings understanding. 'Light' also brings hope, because we are, in our nature, walking in darkness. Christ calls himself the 'light of the world' because only through him can we see the hope of the Gospel, for he is the hope.
This Sunday, we'll be singing the song "Light Shine In". Look at how this song begins -
"Arise, for the Light has come
Darkness bows down
To the risen Son, the risen Son
Arise, raise your hands and sing
To the one God"
I am hopeful as I read those words, because though darkness exists, darkness does not win. But I am also hopeful as I read those words because I know the risen Son. I have put my faith and trust in Jesus, and that was not of my own doing, that was because in God's grace he chose to enlighten my heart to sin and to my need for a savior.
So when the sun peaks through the window each morning, and light beams through the clouds, pause for a second; remind yourself of this - You (me), who were walking in darkness, have seen a great light. God in his abundant mercy made his light shine into your hearts that you could see and understand Him. Never take that for granted. And then sing these words at the top of your lungs, with gratitude in your hearts -
"Arise, for the light has come."