Sir Christopher Wren designed and built more than 50 church buildings in London during the late 1600s. His design style had two main features—the first of which was sturdy, tall steeples. The second, however, was more profound. Wren was convinced that all of the windows in his churches must use clear glass as opposed to the stained glass so popular in churches of that era. In part his reason for the clear glass is found in these words attributed to him: “God’s greatest gift to man is light.” Allowing light to cover people as they worshipped was, to Wren, a celebration of that gift.

In the Genesis account, on the first day of creation God made light (1:3). The light God created is even more than just a means by which to see. It’s a picture of what Christ brought when He entered this darkened world. In John 8:12, our Lord said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” To the follower of Christ, light is one of the great reminders of the character of our Saviour and the quality of the life He has given us through His sacrifice on the cross.

Wren was right. God’s greatest gift to man is light—Jesus Christ, the Light of the world!

Jesus came to give light to a dark world.


Bill Crowder


Our Daily Bread