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Christmas Words 3: Light

posted by Scot McKnight

Our third word for Advent is “light.” Here is John 1:4-5: “In him was life, and that life was the light of men.The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” How is the Word also “light”?

Christmas is the time of Bright Light, the time when God makes his message bright and clear.

Light is connected to the presence and being of God.
Light is connected to truth and to revelation and knowledge by revelation.
Light is connected, therefore, to Torah and to Wisdom.

So, by calling Jesus the “light” John says Jesus is the Christmas message in Person, the message that brings the presence of God, the truth of God, and is himself the Archetypal Revelation that gave rise to the Torah and to Wisdom.

The Word becomes flesh, the Word who is life and light, for humans. God sends the Light so Humans can know God. This light gives life.

But, humans are enshrouded in darkness and darkness seeks to shade and darken the light.



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Rick

posted December 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm


Good stuff.
N.T. Wright on this passage:
Christmas “…is about God shining his clear, bright torch into the darkness of our world, our lives, our hearts, our imaginations, and the darkness not comprehending it. It?s about God, God-as-a-little-child, speaking the word of truth, and nobody knowing what he?s talking about.



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