Light from Light

Trygve and Kristen Johnson

READ : John 1:1-13

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into
the world. (v. 9)

Light is essential for life. Without light the earth would shrivel into an ice cube. We need light for warmth, growth, food and energy. The light that surrounds us and sustains the world is nothing we create from human ingenuity. Light is a gift of creation. Its existence sustains our existence.

It’s significant that John uses the imagery of light to capture the event of the incarnation. Salvation becomes possible with the advent of God’s light bursting into the world. Jesus stands unique, in solitary grandeur, above all others as the “light of all people.” Our life as children of God is made possible by “the true light” coming into the world. As our creed cries, Jesus is the “light from light” (Nicene Creed). Through him all things are now revealed, in him all things are held together.

Jesus is the light that makes light. In his light there can be no darkness at all. True light is neither a wave nor a particle. The true light, which enlightens everyone, is a person, embodied, living, and speaking. In the incarnation, the eternal light did not remain out there, but came in person to give us the light that brings grace and truth to all.


God, give us eyes to see the light that comes from light.