Just over two weeks ago, I wrote about my God given epiphany from the story of creation.
My epiphany revealed that the presence of Jesus Christ, the light of the world, was brought forth on the very first day of creation when God made light.
I pointed out that the light created in verse 3 of Genesis Chapter 1 could not be the sun and the moon because those two items were not created until verse 16. Some people were inspired by my epiphany, and others questioned whether my interpretation would stand up in any sort of theological debate.
I believe my epiphany to be true because it was revealed to me, personally, and I have found nothing (yet) to dissuade me from believing otherwise. In fact, the Gospel reading this past Sunday only reinforced my belief in the message revealed in the epiphany.
The Gospel reading was John 1:29-34.
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’ I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel.” John testified further, saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the holy Spirit.’ Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”
Did you catch the sentence that reinforces the belief that Jesus was here long before his presence was revealed in the New Testament?
Verse 30 states:
He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’
The Douay-Rheims Bible version reads,
This is he, of whom I said: After me there cometh a man, who is preferred before me: because he was before me.
He existed before me. He was before me. Jesus existed before John The Baptist. Jesus was before John The Baptist. But how could that be?
If you have read your bible you should know the timeline presented in the Gospel of Luke.
In Luke, chapter 1, verse 13, we learn that Gabriel, the angel of the Lord, came to Zechariah and revealed to him that Elizabeth would bear a son and name him John.
Further down in chapter 1,verse 36 as Gabriel was speaking to Mary, he revealed to her that Elizabeth, her cousin, had also conceived and was already in her sixth month.
In verse 41 the infant leapt in Elizabeth’s womb and she was filled with the Holy Spirit.
John The Baptist was six months older than Jesus, so how could Jesus have been here before John?
In a physical sense, we all know that Jesus did not exist (in human form) before John The Baptist. But in a spiritual sense, as one-third of the Holy Trinity, there is no reason to believe that Jesus did not exist before his presence was revealed to us in the New Testament.
In fact, John’s own words, revealing that Jesus ranked ahead of him because he existed before him, seem to support that fact.
With this in mind, I followed up with some more reading and discovered many references to light in the Old Testament. Here are some of those verses, of which you have probably read before.
To the righteous a light is risen up in darkness: he is merciful, and compassionate and just.
Arise, be enlightened, O Jerusalem: for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For behold darkness shall cover the earth, and a mist the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
Then was the mystery revealed to Daniel by a vision in the night: and Daniel blessed the God of heaven, And speaking he said: Blessed be the name of the Lord from eternity and for evermore: for wisdom and fortitude are his. And he changeth times and ages: taketh away kingdoms and establisheth them, giveth wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to them that have understanding. He revealeth deep and hidden things, and knoweth what is in darkness: and light is with him.
As I said when I had the epiphany, Jesus Christ is the light of the world.
God told us on the first day of creation, we read it in the Psalms, Isaiah told us, Daniel told us, and then just before he baptized Jesus, John The Baptist told us. How awesome is that?