Jesus Is Light and Life
In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
Jesus is self-existent. He is light and life. This means that unlike everything else, he is uncreated. He has no origin. He did not begin to be. He has always been and his being has always been complete.
Jesus being self-existent also means that he depends on nothing. No one gave him life or breath. No one currently sustains him, and there will never be a moment when he is in need. He has life in himself and he himself is the source of all life. In him we live and move and have our being.
The personal implications of Jesus being self-existent are worth considering.
First, we must conclude that we need him. This is John’s point in John 1:4 where he writes, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” In our world light and life are inseparably connected. If the sun went out, we would quickly die. In a similar way Jesus is our source of light and life. This is true not only of our physical life but also of our spiritual life. The transformation of our soul, the strength we need for today and the hope we hold for the future comes from Jesus.
Second, we must affirm that our dependence on Jesus isn’t seasonal. We need him when the winter sun hangs low in the sky and when the summer sun burns bright. We need him in seasons of plenty and in seasons of want. It is limiting to only celebrate and depend on Jesus at Christmas or Easter. We need him like fish need water, which is to say we need him all the time.
Finally, Jesus’ self-existence means he can bring life to what is dead. He is the light that pushes back the darkness of sin. He is the life that breaks our addictions. He holds in himself the healing that will mend what is broken. He is life when death destroys and he is light when all other lights go out.