JD: David earlier I was speaking with Steve Herzig about Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. I thought it would be helpful for us to continue the theme of light and its importance throughout the Scriptures, so help us do that.
DJ: Well Jimmy light is obviously a major theme throughout the Scriptures and that theme actually begins with light being the first part of the physical universe that God created. In Genesis 1 we read God said let there be light and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light day and the darkness He called night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. This thread, this theme runs throughout Scriptures.
We find in the very last verses of the Bible in Revelation 22 concerning the new Jerusalem. It says, “there will be no night there, they need no lamp nor light of the sun for the Lord gives them light, they shall reign forever and ever. This same apostle John who pinned those words wrote I John 1:5, this is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. Then John goes on to discuss this in terms of our own personal relationship with Jesus when He says if we say we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses us from all sin. So Jimmy this contrast between light and dark, between good and evil is found throughout the Scriptures. This is especially important as we think of the Christmas season and Hanukkah as we understand that Jesus came into the world and He is spoken of as the light of the world.
JD: David James with information on how Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights is a prophecy of the first coming of Jesus Christ.
We report this information because it is setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.
David in my conversation with him mentioned that Jesus Christ referred to Himself as the light of the world, that’s found in John 8, 9, 11. These are passages where the word light is used some 26 times in the Gospel of John. Notice that I left John 10 out. In that chapter it reveals that Jesus Christ went up to Jerusalem in the winter to celebrate the Feast of Dedication also known as Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights, that passage is John 10:22. In the book of Revelation 22:5 Jesus again is referred to as the light of the world and in that passage for eternity future as well.