John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. One of His first acts was to create light itself, “Let their be light”. If you read the creation account closely you will see that God created light before He created the sun, moon, and stars. Light is one of God’s great mysteries. It carries heat, energy, and visibility. One of the things we take most for granted is one of the greatest blessings and need that we have; seeing, heat, and energy. The spiritual parallel to the importance of light is seen in this miracle of Jesus. The man in this story had never seen, he was born blind. If the truth were known this man is every man. We may be born seeing physically but a greater blindness hinders all of us. We are all born in spiritual darkness, unable to see and enjoy the glory of God. When the first ray of light penetrates the shroud that blinds our eyes our whole being is suddenly flooded with light. Like the man born blind, “I once was blind but now I see.” Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on today’s miracle.
“His business in the world was to enlighten it: As long as I am in the world, and that will not be long, I am the light of the world. He had said this before. He is the Sun of righteousness, that has not only light in his wings for those that can see, but healing in his wings, or beams, for those that are blind and cannot see, therein far exceeding in virtue that great light which rules by day. Christ would cure this blind man, the representative of a blind world, because he came to be the light of the world, not only to give light, but to give sight. Now this gives us a great encouragement to come to him, as a guiding, quickening, refreshing light. To whom should we look but to him? Which way should we turn our eyes, but to the light? We partake of the sun’s light, and so we may of Christ’s grace, without money and without price.”
Jesus is the prophetic Sun of Righteousness with healing in His beams. His light floods our whole being. We can not only see Him by this light, we see His beautiful creation. I never appreciated the beauty of God or His beauty all around me until the day He opened my eyes.