In nature light is the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible. there are two categories of light; luminous objects and illuminated objects. Luminous objects are objects that generate their own light. Illuminated objects are objects that are capable of reflecting light to our eyes. Light allows us to see the reflected color of objects. Light always overtakes darkness of a room or even the night sky.
My reflection for the second day of Hanukkah comes from the first chapter of John in the Bible. Today we will consider God’s provision of spiritual light.
1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. (NLT)
3-5 Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out. (Message)
In the beginning was the Word. The words “in the beginning” are identical in Greek to the first two words in the Greek Old Testament: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” John establishes the identity of Jesus the Messiah as the Son of God. He was present when God spoke light into existence. Jesus witnessed light burst forth for the first time in the created universe and overtake the darkness.
Light was the first act of creation. God saw the light and called it good. He distinguished light from darkness both in creation and within the heart of each human. God gifted us with the ability to discern physical light and distinguish it from physical darkness. We also have the capacity to understand the spiritual elements of light and darkness.
Biblical authors understood that God is the true source of light both physically and spiritually. Light symbolizes the holy God. Light signifies God’s presence and favor See Psalms 27:1, Isaiah 9:2 1 John 1:5.
Consider the following
Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession. (James 1:17 & 18 NLT)
“ For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. ” (2 Corinthians 4:6 NLT).