Jesus is Light
In the beginning, God said “Let there be light, and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3) From that point on our world has been illuminated with the Light of God, guiding our way and lighting our path. The disciple John commences his gospel account with “In the beginning” just as in Genesis. He introduces us to “the Word” who was both with God and was God (John 1:1) who “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14), clearly indicating that “the Word” was Jesus Christ, the God-man, come in the flesh.
Then in John 1:4-5 we read “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John is telling us that “the Word” who was Jesus, was “the Light of men.” Jesus is Light. Some saw him as such, but most did not. They “did not comprehend it.” And so it is today.
When Jesus proclaimed in John 8:12 “I am the Light of the world,” he was claiming to be the spiritual illumination for all mankind. Without acknowledging him as such, we are essentially walking in spiritual darkness, groping as best we can to find our way in a dark world. But when we acknowledge him as the source of both light and life, we begin for the first time to “see the Light” for who he really is.
Wise King Solomon wrote about this even before Jesus appeared on the earth. In Proverbs 3:5-6 we read: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” He was commending full spiritual dependency on the Lord, which would bring direction and illumination to our path, making our walk through life more trouble-free and purposeful.
At Oaks Bible Church of Santa Barbara/Goleta, we are in a continual process of discovering “Jesus is Light.” We know it to be true, but it is a daily adventure to unfold the multiple layers of what that means in living out our lives. As we yield to Jesus as our Light, we find that he does indeed direct our paths. As we search the Scriptures, we find that he does indeed direct our minds and hearts. As we look into our world through the lens of Jesus as Light, we see more clearly both the evil and the good that abound. And we are more able to discern the evil from the good, and chart our course accordingly.
Come join us in discovering the Light of Jesus and how it can transform your life!