“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘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 if you aren’t too familiar with the Bible, you may have heard the story of creation in the Book of Genesis. It’s in these first few lines of the Bible that we read the famous words, “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:3).
Of all the things God could have created first, do you ever wonder why it was light? Was that intentional? As we discover more and more through science of what God created, we see He was, in fact, intentional when He created light first.
A quick look at science tells us light is necessary in photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen for us to breathe. Light rays from the sun actually cleanse lakes from harmful bacteria, so animals and humans can have drinking water. Light is foundational for the growth of grass and vegetation, which many animals consume. When two of my three kids were born, they had a condition called jaundice, and the nurses told us it wasn’t too serious because the best cure was rays from the sun.
Think about that. Light allows us to breathe and drink, gives us food to eat, and is a healing agent. Then in John’s gospel account, we see him talk about Jesus being the Light of the world (John 8:12).
Light is foundational to our physical lives, and through the light of Jesus, light is foundational to our spiritual lives as well.
— Reza Zadeh, Denver Broncos chaplain
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