He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light which enlightens everyone was coming into the world.
I am very happy to have been given this passage from the Book of John.
For a few reasons, in particular to take a look at the concept of "the light".
A concept very true to my heart, but I'll get into that in a minute. I wanted to understand who was this Disciple John? Disciple John is not John the Baptist, just to be clear for those of you who needed that clarification like myself. Disciple John was a man of significance, someone the people of that time would trust and believe. He was chosen by God to testify to the light, which is the existence of God. He also spoke of the light that will enlighten everyone. That Jesus was the light of God that would be coming soon.
When I look up to the brightness of the full moon, or the brightness of a sunset, I feel comfort in the light. When I trained in the art of reiki, and in meditation in general I often visualize being engulfed in light that is the light of God. Even as a therapist I ask my clients in a non-denominational way to picture themselves being healed by light of the universe.
The concept of light as a representation of God has resonated in the minds of man for so many centuries. The people of Disciple John's time could comprehend and accept that light was a powerful representation of God. And today, the idea is still as fresh and credible as it was 2000 years ago. When we hear of peoples' near death experiences the common denominator in many of the descriptions are seeing a bright comforting light. A story I read back in 2010, (which I could not find the article to site the reference for this write up) was in a video tape recorded from inside the capsule that enabled the Chilean Minors to be rescued from a collapsed mine, showed a little light inside the capsule with no known origin. One can only imagine that could have been a comforting representation of God's presence letting the minor know he will be all right.
The belief in God as light is still as powerful today as it was to Disciple John and The Magi so long ago.