Guatemalans love vivid colors. You see bright colors in their clothing, houses, virtually everywhere. In 2006, Jane and I had the pleasure of visiting Antigua Guatemala during Semana Santa (Holy Week). It is by far their most celebrated holiday of the year. Parades or processions fill the city streets with activity and excitement as the week progresses. And, of course, there are vivid colors everywhere.
One of the really interesting customs practiced here is the making of afombras, carpets made of colored sawdust, sand, and flowers. The people form these right on top of the cobble stones where they will eventually be destroyed by the processions. This custom is an important part of the culture throughout the country as they celebrate the Easter Season.
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
When Jesus made this claim, I don’t think he was only speaking figuratively. I believe he also meant it literally. He is the physical light of the world. Without Jesus, there would be no light.
Did you know without light, you cannot see color? Darkness conceals all definition of color, therefore your eye only perceives shades of black and grey. We see color only because God was gracious enough to construct the human eye with the ability to distinguish differences in light waves.
But without the light …………
Light gives life both in a physical sense and in a spiritual sense. Without light, we would physically die; no light, no plants – no plants, no food. We would also die in the spiritual sense; we depend on the Light of Christ to free us from the power of darkness.
As believers, we are living in the light. Jesus said, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
The day begins again full of life, light, and color. Let’s raise our mugs together and give praise to the Father of Light and the Creator of color.