God is Light and terrifyingly holy yet approachable and knowable through His Son
Created by Jon Taylor - Saturday 25 Feb 2017
Jon Taylor
God is light and in Him is no darkness at all and He is perfect in all His attributes. He is of purer eyes than to behold evil (Hab.1:13).Though the entirety of His understanding is unfathomable because we are finite and He is infinite and He isn’t limited by time and space as we are, God is still knowable and we created in His image. He is indescribably holy and can only be approached on His terms not our terms. God’s glory is so great that no one has seen God at any time although, the Lord Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son has declared Him. Encouragingly, Jesus said that He who has seen Him has seen the Father (John 14:9).
Though God spoke to Moses as a man speaks to his friend and he wanted to beheld God’s glory; Moses couldn’t see His face, since no one can see His face and live, so God put Him in the cleft of the rock whilst His glory passed by. Yet the Lord spoke with Moses plainly face to face, plainly and not in dark sayings and he saw the form of the Lord. This speaks of the level of intimacy and fellowship afforded, since that privilege was not extended to the other prophets (Num. 12:6-8).Sadly today, meeting with God is often taken for granted rather than being esteemed as a tremendous and undeserved privilege. It also reminds us to make a concerted effort to prioritise and value time spent alone with God.
When Moses descended from Mount Sinai His face shone because He had been in the presence of God. Even Aaron and the other children of Israel were afraid of Moses when they saw Him. So Moses wore a veil over his face. Paul writes ‘But we all, with unveiled face, beholding in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Peter, James and John saw Jesus transfigured on the Mount. Mark 9:3 describes His countenance as such that even His clothes became white like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them. Not surprisingly they were afraid. If the standard biblical reaction to encountering angels is to be afraid because of their greatness, how much more holy and pure and perfectly bright is the Son of God who is the Creator of heaven and earth?
On a blazing hot day we have to be careful to shield our eyes from the sun. Again, how much greater is the eternal God who created the sun and the heavenly beings? The moon shines not because it generates light itself but because it reflects the light from the sun. Similarly Christians are ambassadors representing God’s light in the world. They are entirely dependent upon God for everything and the light that they walk in is given from Him. ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to My path (Psalm 119:105).’
John bore witness of the Lord Jesus Christ who is the true Light. For those who know God, we were once in darkness, but are now adopted by Christ and united with Him so we are now light in the Lord, and need to walk as children of light. Walking in the light will involve fellowship with God and other believers and imitating Christ in obedience to His ways with the totality of our being with the aim to become more Like Him and to please Him through faith. But when all is said and done, heaven will be a remarkable experience since there won’t be any more night. Neither will there be any need for lamps nor the sun or the moon to shine; for the glory of the lord will illuminate it and the Lamb will be its light.
Saturday 25 Feb 2017