Light

I said to him, ‘Sir, you are the one that knows.’ Then he said to me, ‘These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”  – Revelation 7:14

 

I was reading a fiction book the other day about a story taking place in France during the 1700s. The gentleman in the story was a scientist working with a prism. He was a Christian and had the thought that if he had two prisms he could split light into colors and then turn the colors back into white. Here’s a quote:

“White light . . . becoming color. . . back to white light. It was white light that held all the colors, not black as they thought. His mind reeled with the implications. A sudden thought struck him as a blow. He breathed through his nostrils with the vision of it. What if God was like light? Pure and white. And what if man was the splitting into a myriad of colors? And then in the realignment with God, they became pure again.”

This quote really struck me.

How do we see God? We are frequently told about a brilliant light when we see angels or Jesus and those who have had near death experiences seem to go towards the light.

There are 335 references to the word “light” in the Bible. The first one is:

 “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” – Genesis 1:3

Scripture tells us that Christ is the light of the world:

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘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

Even our Nicene Creed speaks of light:

“We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.”

If God is light and we have been made by Him the color of the world, then how do we become pure and white again? Only through the blood of Jesus Christ can we become pure and white. Christ is the second prism through which we are realigned with God.

 “For it was you who formed my inward parts;

    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

    Wonderful are your works;

that I know very well.

My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.” – Psalm 139:13-15

We are fearfully and wonderfully made. Praise God that He is the creator and He is the redeemer of us all! 

 

 Photo:  Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.  Taken at Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada by Wing-Chi Poon.