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The Light of Mankind

The Light of Mankind

by Josh Caudill

"In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" -John 1:4-5.

Without light, we do not see.

The shapes and colors that you and I experience each day are the interpretations of waves of light by our nervous system. What a thought!

In a world in which light is often so abundant--a world of incandescent bulbs and LED screens--I take it for granted. I notice light when it is especially bright, or perhaps its absence when it is especially scarce, but in my day-to-day experiences, I rarely keep in mind that my perception of everything I see is by the presence of light.

"In him was life, and the life was the light of men."

Likewise, I am prone to ignore the "light of mankind" which illuminates all of my actions and interactions. John 1 reminds us of the eternal presence of Christ, the Word, who was with the Father in the beginning.

Jesus was revealed to us in his fulness in the flesh--the incarnation. But I often overlook the tiny revelations of God all around me, every day, as Christ lights up our world.

And, just as light gives us vision, in the most basic sense, in this physical world, Christ, whose light shines in the darkness, illuminates all that is around us.

What a gift! God offers to us the ability to see the world through the light of his redemptive work. Of the many lenses through which we can see the world, God gives us his own Son.

I wonder what my day would be like today if I imagined all of my encounters through the lens--through the light--of Christ. I wonder what gratitude would fill my heart, and what worship would pour out, if I truly saw the world illuminated by the very Son of God.

May your day be filled with this light, for Christ has shone in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome Him.

Grace & Peace
Josh Caudill