Last updated on February 23, 2024
There is an important aspect of the life of the Lord Jesus Christ that is not often discussed or preached and is very important to understand. This important aspect of the life of Jesus is that he was “The Light” when he was here on earth.
John 8:12 Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”
But there seems to be a misunderstanding on how the Lord Jesus Christ was “The Light” when he was here on earth.
Looking For Light
You see friends, people had been waiting for “The Light” to come for the longest time. This phenomenon is a spiritual reality in the spiritual realm.
Isaiah 59:9-10 So justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows. Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our way like people without eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among the strong, we are like the dead.
The preceding verses pretty much summed up for us what’s been happening in the spiritual realm. People have been looking for “the light” to appear but instead, people are drawn into the darkness.
Witnesses of The Light
Moreover, there are many people whom God would send to the world to bear witness to the light. They would shine as lights but they are not “the light”. One of these people whom God sent was the prophet John the Baptist.
John 1:6-8 There came a man who was sent from God. His name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the Light, so that through him everyone might believe. He himself was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
About John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus Christ said of him in John 5:35 “He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.”
The Son Of God
Indeed, the prophet John the Baptist was a bright and shining light. But he wasn’t The Light. He only came to testify about the light. The real light that was to come was the Son of God.
John 1:9 “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”
Undeniably, the true light is the Son of God.
Genesis 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
The light that appeared as a result of God’s Word is the only begotten Son of God. He is the beginning of all creation.
Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Jesus Christ – The Word in The Flesh
And the Word appeared in the flesh in the person of Jesus Christ ––The Light.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Moreover, when Jesus started his ministry when he was about 30 years old, that was around the time when people recognized him as being “The Light”. Indeed The Lord Jesus had awakened, he became the light and the king. He was the chosen Messiah that people had been waiting for.
The following verse is a quote from the prophet Isaiah’s prophecy about the coming of the light.
Matthew 4:16 “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”
The Light Rejected By Men
But the Pharisees of those days who were teaching the laws of God rejected Jesus as being the light. This interaction was recorded in the Bible after Jesus made the declaration that he was the light.
John 8:13 The Pharisees therefore said to Him, “You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.”
The Lord Jesus Christ himself said:
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Moreover, as a result of the Pharisees’ rejection of Jesus as being the light, people up to this day are still looking for the light to come. This phenomenon is a spiritual reality in the spiritual realm.
The Light Shines
Therefore, if you are one of those who are still looking for ‘the light” to come, beware, you might fall into the trap of the Devil. Yes, there will be people who will testify to the light but they are not “the light” themselves. For example, the 144,000 Israelites, will testify to the light but they are not The Light. The light that everyone is waiting for already came 2,000 years ago. The Lord Jesus Christ has already fulfilled that prophecy. Jesus Christ is The Light, the perfect one that everybody is looking for.
John 1:5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Children of Light
Now that we know that the light is Jesus Christ, we ought to let our light shine instead and become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. We can let Him shine through us.
Ephesians 5:8-14 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. Test and prove what pleases the Lord.
Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that is illuminated becomes a light itself. So it is said:
‘Wake up, O sleeper,
rise up from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.'”
The Son of God is “the light” that manifested in the person of Jesus Christ. This phenomenon is a spiritual reality in the spiritual realm. There will not be another “The Light” besides the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, quit looking for the light and start following the light of Christ instead and help those who are being oppressed because of their testimony to the light.
That’s it for now my friends, until next time, May God bless you. Let your light shine!