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3 Things to Know About the Light of the World

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Introduction

The entire Bible is about Christ. It is also like a puzzle; to know where each piece fits, you must know the image of the puzzle.

The word of God is also like written codes; Jesus spoke in parables.

Important Words in Genesis 1:1-2 and their Meaning

  • without form: formless, confusion, emptiness, a place of chaos, nothingness, vain
  • Void: -Emptiness, waste, ruin, indistinguishable
  • Darkness: obscurity, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, and wickedness
  • Was upon the face: a presence or persons, to turn towards or away from something
  • Deep: discomfit, rattle, confused, frustrated, destroyed
  • Moved: a motion produced by wind, storms, or waves to pass down from one secure or happy state
  • Upon: on account of, on the ground of, on the basis of
  • Face: in the presence or midst, to turn towards
  • Waters: waste, danger, violence (Multitude of men, nations—Greek)
  • Let there be: appear, come to pass, be done
  • Light: to become, to give illumination
  • And there was light: light became, was visible

The Summary of Genesis 1:1-2

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:1-2 (KJV)

The story of creation is actually God’s love for and redemption of man.

God considered the state of man because he had turned away from God.

In His compassion, He stepped in by turning His face towards man and delivering Him from his state of perpetual destruction.

1. Jesus was the true light that came into the world

In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.

And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].

There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.

This man came to witness, that he might testify of the Light, that all men might believe in it [adhere to it, trust it, and rely upon it] through him.

He was not the Light himself, but came that he might bear witness regarding the Light.

There it was—the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines every person.

John 1:4-9 (AMPC)

2. He gives understanding and enlightenment to men

The true light that could make all men see came into the world to give understanding and enlightenment.

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 1:18 (KJV)

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

Ephesians 3:9 (KJV)

For God, who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the one who shined in our hearts to give us the light of the glorious knowledge of God in the face of Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:6 (NET)

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Isaiah 60:1-3 (KJV)

Darkness: misery, ignorance, death, vanity

To become enlightened means the revelation, which is light, has appeared upon you.

The true light that was spoken of in Genesis has come.

The light, Jesus, became visible in the midst of darkness; God became visible.

3. Jesus is our daybreak

My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.

Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.

Songs of Solomon 2:16-17 (KJV)

God takes delight in being our companion, shepherd, and teacher, and in you being His sheep.

God, in His goodness, desires that man change direction and become his goodness and splendor.

When the day breaks, the shadows flee. (Remember the mount of transfiguration?)

Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and John, the brother of James, up on a high mountain by themselves. While they watched, Jesus’ appearance was changed; his face became bright like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. Then Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you want, I will put up three tents here—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

 While Peter was talking, a bright cloud covered them. A voice came from the cloud and said, “This is my Son, whom I love, and I am very pleased with him. Listen to him!”

 When his followers heard the voice, they were so frightened they fell to the ground. But Jesus went to them and touched them and said, “Stand up. Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw Jesus was now alone.

Matthew 17: 1-8 (NCV)

So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality.

Colossians 2:16-17 (NLT)

In the past God spoke to our people through the prophets. He spoke to them many times and in many different ways. And now in these last days, God has spoken to us again through his Son. He made the whole world through his Son. And he has chosen his Son to have all things. 

Hebrews 1:1-2 (ERV)

For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.

 Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.

2 Peter 1:16-21 (NLT)

Jesus is the break of day, the fulfillment of prophecy, or the body of the shadows. So our gaze should now be on him.

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