In mocking tones, sometimes amidst a workforce, I have heard it said: “Oh – they have seen the light…”
What they mean is – they have become ‘religious’. Referring to anyone who starts professing to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
Whether knowingly or unknowingly the reference they use to ‘seeing the light’ is usually connected to the experience of one ‘Saul of Tarsus’, who had a name change to ‘Paul the Apostle’.
He had a very dramatic experience on the Damascus Road, where he encountered a blinding light, and heard a voice, all part of a supernatural revelation of Jesus Christ. (full story – Acts 9)
He referred to this experience, later in his life, referring to this encounter with Christ – he adds – as ‘by one born out of due time’.
I Corinthians 15/
7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
So it was Christ and His radiating Glory that he saw.
The terminology used in describing this experience is arrested descriptively by innocent or not so innocent commentators when they discover someone newly come to faith in Jesus Christ The Lord.
And really it is a good description of conversion, whether used kindly or mockingly.
I saw the light in 1970 – 48 years ago.
The bedroom in which I saw the light no longer exists. But I walk in the light every day as I am enabled by the Giver of light.
There is no light without ‘The Life’.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not [a]comprehend it.
Christ’s imparted life-giving Spirit to the repentant heart illuminates the inner man in an unmistakeable way.
…The last Adam (Christ Jesus) became a life-giving spirit.
(I Corinthians 15/45).
However there are other ways of receiving ‘light’.
Unfortunately there is ‘light’ that-is-in-fact darkness. It is offered outside of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it is clearly referred to in the Bible in this way:
35 Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.
How can light be darkness – it sounds contradictory?
But it isn’t. It is all to do with your source.
The electricity company supplies electricity and therefore light to my home. There are other companies vying for the business – they too can supply the light.
We could also quote the old adage – ‘all that glitters is not gold’ when highlighting that all ‘light’ is not to be embraced.
Let me sound a warning-shot over your bow – not all light is the true light that has come into the world, to illuminate mankind to the truth of the gospel, namely that there is
…one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.
Jesus could not have made it clearer that all light presented in numerous philosophies and religions can in actual fact be darkness.
II Corinthians 11/14.
And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
May you and I encounter the true light of Christmas – born in Bethlehem – the true light has come.