Through John, II. Christ, the Light of Men

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness did not comprehend it (John 1:4, 5).

There are few things in creation that are as beautiful as a sunrise. At its beginning, a faint glow emanates on the eastern horizon so that that which was unseen starts to take a faint shape and form by the new light. Colors burst forth in the east, revealing an array of reds, blues, and purples. It is a most beautiful sight to behold, but, more than that , it is a foretelling of that which is to come—the sun. And once the sun breaks through and is fully revealed in the sky, the colors that marked its coming disappear, and we are left with a light that is so bright and powerful that we can scarcely look upon it, yet by it the rest of world is shown in a vivacity and clarity not known to us in the night.

In history, the coming of Jesus Christ is much like the event of a sunrise. Before the coming of our Lord, the world was shrouded in darkness, and little could be comprehended of the world, much less of the God who created it. Then God in his grace sent prophets to the people of Israel, pouring revelation upon them much like the impending sunrise pours dim light and color upon the world and the sky. Colors of red, purple, and blue gave the people a vague understanding of  the coming Day, that he who was to come was to be a Suffererer who was slaughtered, a King whose reign would never end, and would be to us Immanuel—God with us. All these things were known, yet hardly were these pieces put together so as to expect the singular Sun who would be to the world “the light of men,” neither did it prepare the world for the blinding Brightness and Revelation that would be Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Yet, unlike the sunrise that bursts forth on the world, the coming of the Light of Men dawned upon a world that was blind and who was at home in darkness. Many heard of the Light through the prophets and the covenants while it was yet night, and they looked forward to a  dawn with eager expectation. Yet when the Light appeared, they did not comprehend him, not because the Light was not shining forth in Absolute Radiance and Splendor, but because they themselves were blind. The Light of Men had come into the world, revealing the things of God that were previously unknown, most significantly God’s Salvation, yet the men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for the darkness was their gain and comfort and the Light of Christ could not and would not be comprehended by them.

Though the Coming of the Light of Men was nearly two thousand years ago, nothing has changed with regard to the natural state of men. We have all been born into the Day, yet we, from our birth, are blind to the things of Christ. But for us who have comprehended the Light, something wonderful, unspeakable, and glorious happened, namely that he who spoke at the Beginning, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2Cor. 4:6). The Light who had burst into the world upon blind men had, through his Spirit, given us sight to behold him, to love him, and to adore him. And through him, we not only see God and our Salvation, but we also see the beauties of the elucidated world so that we are able to tread through it without stumbling.

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