Jesus said, “I came in the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.”
Those words about Jesus being the light have somewhat illogically brought back a memory of mine from sixty years ago. When I was going to live in the Orient, I brought a camera with me, and along with the camera, I had purchased a light meter. To get the right exposure for a portrait, I’d hold the light meter up to someone, and if there was too much light coming from a face, I’d ratchet down the size of the lens opening. Now, modern cameras have built-in light meters.
What I am awkwardly getting around to is saying that although Jesus called himself the light, his brightness would not have been detected with a light meter. No, he was using the word “light” as a metaphor for some great immaterial quality of his. What is that quality?
There are two phrases in Scripture that might help us understand how Jesus is light.
The first is Psalm 36, verse 10: “With you is the fountain of life, and in your light we see the light.”
The second is John’s Gospel, Chapter One, verse 3: “What comes to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race.”
In both passages the light he provides for us comes from his life itself. I might be wrong in this, but I like seeing his life as pure goodness and pure truth. When we completely submit ourselves to him, the light he provides for us is an understanding of what is the good and right course for us to take.