This was the sunrise from my driveway today:
Seeing it, I couldn’t help but think of Jesus, who said:
“I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:16.)
Which reminded me of other passages on mornings and God, like this one:
The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
where morning dawns, where evening fades,
you call forth songs of joy. (Psalm 65:8)
Why does the light of the dawn call forth songs of joy? I think it’s because light is a physical reminder of Jesus, who said:
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12.)
Just as the sun lights up the world, Jesus is the eternal light. Darkness is not only absent, as if pushed aside by his light; it doesn’t exist for those who belong to Jesus. That’s different from what culture tells people. Some speak of a divine spark, an inner candle, or a gleam of light reaching out to those who seek it. This lyric comes to mind:
There’s a light burning in the fireplace
There’s a light, light in the darkness of everybody’s life.*
Is there a light in everybody’s life? In one sense there is, as Isaiah says of even those who are stumbling about in spiritual darkness:
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2.)
But seeing God’s light and being consumed in it so that there is no darkness are two different things.
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. (John 3:19-21.)
The problem for those who try to hide in the darkness is simple: it doesn’t work.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. (Psalm 139:11-12.)
In the new creation to come, there isn’t even any darkness in which to hide in the first place:
The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. (Revelation 21:23.)
Who is the Lamb who is creation’s lamp? This is Jesus.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29.)
Jesus is the source of all light, spiritually and physically. His light is not a glimmer in the distance, and it’s not something you create yourself and then he adds to it and makes it bigger.
Jesus is the light of the world, and he lights you up.
*Those lyrics are the second and third lines of a refrain from a movie musical. The fabulously illusory and nonexistent prize of 10,000 interwebz will be awarded to everyone who can name the musical and provide the missing first line without looking it up. Multiple winners will be announced.