When Jesus was transfigured, his clothes became a dazzling white (Mark 9: 2-8). There are some interesting facts concerning light and dark or black and white.
First, white is the combination of all colors – it is complete light. On the other hand, black is the complete absence of light. I’ve had the privilege of visiting both of our nation’s great caves – Mammoth Cave in Kentucky and Carlsbad Caverns here in New Mexico. Sometime during each tour, the guide turned out the lights and asked everyone to remain silent.
That blackness was so dense and eerie one could slice it with a knife, if the knife was sharp enough.
On the second tour the blackness didn’t seem so bad because I knew that since God was with me, there was light (Genesis 1: 1-4; Revelation 21: 22-25; 22: 5, 6). That realization also led me to understand that as dismal as the blackness is in caves, it was nothing compared to the blackness caused by God’s absence – hell itself, which is the ultimate result of our sins.
As white as Jesus’ clothes were during the transfiguration, at which time God expressed his love for him, he also experienced the total blackness we deserve when he went to the cross for our sins (Mark 15: 33, 34; 1 Peter 2: 24).
Yes, we were once destined to face blackest darkness; but, Jesus’ coming and eventual death, burial, and resurrection changed all of that.
Christians, those whose robes have been washed whiter than snow, no longer need to be afraid of the dark. In fact, because our robes are white, we’ll share in Jesus’ glory when we see him as he is (Philippians 3: 8-11; Romans 6; 3-5; 1 Peter 1: 22, 23; 1 John 3: 2, 3). In the meantime, we can become complete in him as we study his word, the Bible, and incorporate his teachings into our lives (2 Timothy 3: 16, 17, NKJV; 1 John: 2 36; 2 Peter 1: 2-11).
There are many, even in the U.S., who’ve never heard this good news. One of the reasons God brought us out of darkness into light is to shine his light and lead others into it (1 Peter 2: 9). We are to light the way (Matthew 5: 14-16).
Another point about light, besides giving the ability to see, is that it carries heat or warmth while darkness is associated with cold. As we’re to be the light to the world, we’re also to shed that light in a warm attractive way (Titus 2: 10b). This is done by exuding love as we speak the truth (Ephesians 4: 14-16; 5: 8-10; John 13: 24, 25). In this way we’ll reflect God’s love onto others (2 Corinthians 4: 5-7; John 1: 4, 5).
Are you holding fast to the word of life, being complete in Christ Jesus, so you can shine as a light to the world (Philippians 2: 12-16)?
Leonrad Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at