We are going to add a new layer of color every time we study his life until we have pure white light.
Who is Jesus? The Gospels tell the official story of Jesus, and our church has just set sail on a journey through these four books of the Bible, a journey of discovery. As we begin this journey, I’m excited to learn more about Jesus and to have a clear vision of who Jesus is.
Have you ever thought about how our eyes work? How do our eyes interpret color and light? It’s mind-boggling. God created light so dynamically, and our vision systems are just as complex. My job as a graphic designer requires me to understand how color and light work as well as how the human eye perceives color and light.
First, let’s start with light. Light is one of the first things mentioned in the Bible. Genesis 1:3 says, “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” In verse 4, it goes on to say, “and he separated the light from the darkness.” I love this distinction between light and darkness. Light theory proves this separation because white is described as the presence of all light, and black is described as the absence of all light.
Where does that leave color? All color is found in light. Think about it; you can’t see colors in a dark room. The lights have to be on in order to see color. I can remember learning about light in science class. We did the experiment where you shine white light into a prism and it separates all of the colors that make up the white light.
So let’s go back to who Jesus is. John 1:4-5 says, “In him was life, and that life was the LIGHT of all mankind. The LIGHT shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Many times throughout the Bible light is used as a symbol for Jesus. If Jesus is light, then we can separate out all the colors to see each color clearly. That’s exactly what our church is going to do on this journey of discovery. We are going to add a new layer of color every time we study his life until we have pure white light. Then we will have a clear vision of who Jesus is, “the LIGHT of all mankind.”