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The Body and The Sun

The sun is the epicenter of our solar system, and it’s no wonder why as the sun is the life-giving light to all species. Without the sun’s rays, the earth would be covered in complete darkness: plants would never grow, no oxygen would be produced, therefore, no animals or people would exist. The sun keeps the water cycle running, gives us fossil energy, and shapes our weather. The sun is precisely positioned to properly heat and cool the earth: any closer and we’d burn, any further away and the earth’s surface would be covered in ice. [1]

Not only that, but our bodies’ physical need of sunlight is an integral part of our chemical make-up. Have you ever felt uplifted on a bright and sunny day? That’s because sunlight is an instant mood booster as it produces serotonin in the brain. It also helps regulate our sleep because sunlight exposure tells our brain to produce the right amount of melatonin. There are many medical articles that say daily doses of Vitamin D, which we get from the sun, are needed to support a healthy bone structure as well as a healthy immune system. [2] 

Those are only a few of the incredible ways the sun is a vital part of all life, and a beautiful picture of why God is also likened to the sun. Since we can’t physically see God, He uses parables, or natural phenomena to explain heavenly concepts. The parable of our physical sun is meant to reveal God’s characteristics or attributes. 

John 8:12, “Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.” 

Through this Scripture we see God saying that He is the Sun, He is the Light and the epicenter of all life on earth. We know that if the earth had no sunlight, there would be no life; similarly, those who walk in darkness, without the Light of God, have no life either. 

Let’s look at how this parable applies in our life. Naturally, each day begins in darkness, but as the sun rises, the earth is illuminated by its rays. When we lack understanding, it’s equivalent to being in darkness, so we need light, illumination, for us to see and understand. Spiritually, if we are ignorant of what God’s Word says, then we are actually walking in darkness. 

Jesus spoke of this when He said,

“Are there not twelve hours in a day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” (John 11: 9-10) 

Jesus certainly wasn’t referring to naturally walking in the night or in the day, but was comparing darkness to ignorance and illumination to our understanding. If we don’t have the Light of the World in us, if we don’t have the revealed Word in us, we will stumble in our understanding. David also spoke a similar metaphor saying,

“They do not know, nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness;” (Psalm 82:5)

Just as the day starts in darkness, we all start out in darkness. Genesis says that in the beginning, darkness was on the face of the earth (ref Gen 1:2). So God said, “Let there be light”, and there was light (ref Gen 1:3). Therefore, God, in His goodness and mercy, sees us in our darkness, our lack of wisdom, and sends His Sun to bring us Light. That Light is not only meant to bring us His wisdom, but to show us how we are also meant to become a sun. 

Now that we understand we all start in darkness and that darkness is ignorance, how do we get the Light? The Apostle Paul said that when Moses (the Law) was read, the minds of the people were blinded, or veiled. He was saying when people are ignorant to the true Word of God, they are blind and in darkness. Just as Jesus said above. This still holds true today, as many of God’s people are veiled to His Word. Therefore, Paul continues to say that in order for us to see clearly, the veil on Scripture needs to be removed.

“But we all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory…” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Imagine walking around with a blindfold (veil) over your face, it would cause you to walk around in the dark. If you were asked to describe something, you’d be unable because you couldn’t see. However, once the covering is removed, then you can see your surroundings and give a clear description. The same applies to God’s Word: it needs to be unveiled to us in order for us to clearly see God. How does this happen? There has to be someone who can remove our blindfold, or uncover God’s Word for us as Paul explains:

“If indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as  I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:’ (Ephesians 3:2-5)

The role of the Apostles and Prophets is to reveal, or unveil the mysteries of Christ, and bring us from darkness to Light so we can clearly see God as He intended. As Paul said above, when our faces are unveiled, we not only see but become transformed into the same image, which is Christ, going from glory to glory. Hallelujah! 

So, what are those glories? Again Paul gives us the answer saying,

“There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars;” (1 Corinthians 15:41).

As God speaks in a symbolic language, and we know our natural sun doesn’t have glory, we can see it represents a picture of the glory of God. Just as the sun gives life to all things, God’s glory holds the power of life and creation. The sun’s glory is the brightness of the illumination of God’s wisdom. When the Word is opened up to us, we go through levels of understanding, and become transformed through those levels, or we go from glory to glory. 

This whole process is not about just gaining knowledge, or how much we know, but getting the veils removed, so the Light can open our eyes to behold the Sun’s glory. That Sun has more power than the physical sun as it has the power to transform our minds and souls and allows us to step back into the glory that was in the beginning. When that happens, the Sun will be shining in and through us, which is the end time prophecy of Malachi: “But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise…” (Malachi 4:2) It’s a beautiful day that the Sun has made His face to shine upon you (ref Num 6:25), bringing you illumination to reveal Himself in order to change you into His very image. Go and spend some time in the Light of the Sun today!

Resources:

  1. https://www.personal-care.basf.com/core-competencies/all-about-sun/sunlight/no-sun-no-life-on-earth
  2. https://selecthealth.org/blog/2020/07/7-health-benefits-of-sunlight

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