Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I am the Light of the World. You are the Light of the World

Yesterday, I took a six hour bus trip home, and along the way, it grew dark; I spent my time in the dark reflecting on the greatness of light. It was so dark in the bus that I could not even see my hands. Looking out the window, I could see absolutely nothing except car lights. The lights of my mp3 player and cell phone blinded me. I was awed by light’s power to drive out darkness. But light is incredible in other ways as well. Light (electromagnetic radiation) is emitted in discreet packets called photons. Building on Max Planck’s quantum theory and Albert Einstein’s work on the photoelectric effect, Louis de Broglie came to the conclusion that light sometimes acts like a wave while other times it acts as a particle. It can be observed either as a wave or as a particle but never both at the same time. The wave-particle duality of light was explained by Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle that states that an object’s position and velocity cannot be precisely known at the same time. The relationship between light and electrons is also interesting. An electron can never be seen in its natural state, because as soon as light is shone on an electron it is driven way, and the only way to see an object is to shine light on it. Electrons are too small though to reflect light so the exact position of an electron can never be known. Light is truly a mystery.

All of this reminds me of Christ. As we enter the season of Advent, the darkest season of the year, let’s remember Christ who gives light to an often dark and miserable world. He is a mystery, but we see His work all around us. Unlike light that can be studied by a scientist, Christ cannot be studied, only believed. It is faith that allows us to see this Light.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12).

But we must reflect this light.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:14:16).


  1. Lovely meditation. Thank you. I'm reading it as it grows dark outside, and as the light of Christmas approaches.

  2. Amen, may we be light in the darkest of places.

  3. "Unlike light that can be studied by a scientist, Christ cannot be studied, only believed."

    I'm not so sure about that. Probably more has been written about Christ than any other person in ancient history, so there's plenty to study about Him. Apart from the gospels, there are some great books out there. I recommend "The Case for Christ" by Lee Strobel.

    Best wishes,

  4. Hello JI, I have read many books on Christ and love learning about the historical Jesus but it is not enough to stop there. Christ is more than a man from history. This is what I mean. Faith requires a step that reason alone cannot take. After having spent a year and a half reading nothing but books on theology I came to the conclusion that although many of these books had greatly increased my knowledge of Christ and the Bible, there were times when reading these things hurt my faith precisely because I started seeing Christianity merely as an interesting philosophy. I must find the perfect balance. Thanks for stopping by =)