God is the source of all light, both inner and outer. By His word, light broke forth upon the waters covering the earth, and the cycle of day and night began. On the sixth day, He created man in His own image – male and female – with the light of self consciousness.
Genesis 1 (NKJV)
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
All things were created through the eternal Word of God. John’s gospel reveals the Word of God to be His Son, eternally dwelling with the Father. Light and life flow from the living Word of God who became incarnate as Jesus Christ. He declared in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
In Numbers 6:24-26, God gave Moses this priestly blessing for Aaron and his sons to speak over the children of Israel: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” His face shone upon David, who declares in Psalm 27, “The Lord is my light and my salvation”. He sought not just the help of the Lord, but His face, to behold the beauty of the Lord in His temple.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
4 One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8 When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
David’s son Solomon writes prophetically of the Messiah in Proverbs 16:15, “In the light of the king’s face is life, and his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.” Paul (Shaul), with a heart for God like David, declares in 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Isaiah 60 describes a coming time when the glory of the Lord will be seen upon His people Israel, and the nations will come to her light. The Lord will be to her an everlasting light, and her glory.
1 Arise, shine; for your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
3 The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
19 “The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light,
And your God your glory.
John describes the glory of the New Jerusalem in a very similar way:
22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).
In Ephesians 5, Paul urges believers to walk as children of light through Jesus Christ, who came into the world for this very purpose:
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
14 Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”