“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… In him was life, and the life was the light of men… For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life… And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” John 1:1,4;3:16,19-21; 1 John 1:7-9
Sunlight has many properties: it gives comforting warmth, and exposing light, it causes growth of plants and seeps needed vitamins into skin. It dries what is damp, melts what is hard, hardens what is soft. And we like that it penetrates crystallized honey and softens it to the sweet substance we bought it to be.
While not true in every language, it is illustrative that in English ‘sun’ and ‘Son’ are homophones. Certainly, John speaks of Jesus the Son as the Light in and of the world, and we see some of the same characteristics in His ministry to us that we know of the sun. The light of truth exposes the places and practices we have hidden, laying bare prejudices and self-centered attitudes, disclosing “secret” habits we have excused or thought we could keep undiscovered. It shines on our hard hearts to soften resistance to change or repentance, over time dissolving our crystalized chunks of pride, favoritism, worldliness, pleasure in sin. The light of the Word teaches, corrects, and trains, to effect spiritual maturity and Christ-likeness. When we are brave enough to uncover and unmask ourselves before the Son, He welcomes us in grace and works deep cleansing and restoration in us, in order to use us to pour out His “sun” to the world. (Ezekiel 36:26; John 9:5;12:46; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12)
Do I convince myself I am sweet as honey, but am actually crystalized and stubborn, irritable, impatient, whiny? Where do I remain hardened against naming and relinquishing certain ‘pet’ sins? If I am honest before the purity of God’s light and truth, what is laid bare? As difficult as it might be to recognize or admit, nothing brings the sweetness God intends like allowing my Redeemer’s loving, merciful light to cleanse, forgive, and restore. He died and rose again like the sun to bring life abundant, and is ready and waiting to have His way in each of us. (Psalm 27:1; John 8:12;10:10)
Light of light, shine on and in me, then through me to the dark and needy world.