The Light of the World

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Born in London in 1827 to a Christian family, William Holman Hunt spent considerable time reading the Bible as a child. Gradually, he began dreaming of becoming an artist. Through many struggles, he realized his only hope was in Jesus, and he felt inspired to use his artistic talents to teach Biblical truths.

Around 1850, Hunt began working on a painting that symbolized the importance of salvation and what Christ meant to him. He called the painting, “The Light of the World.” Hunt later commented that he intended “to show how the still small voice speaks to a human soul in the turmoil of life.” He sensed how important light was, both to this painting and to the Christian life. So he painted at night, with only a lamp to give him light. He wanted to feel darkness and the impact of light.

As author Cynthia Pearl Maus has described, Hunt used this painting to focus on light in two ways. There was a lantern in Jesus’ hand representing “the light of conscience,” revealing sin with a fire that “is red and fierce.” The other light radiated His face. Hunt wanted people to understand that Jesus was the “Light of the World,” and that He was standing at the door of their hearts, ready to come in (Revelation 3:20).

Today, more than ever, the world needs the Light of the Gospel. Jesus is at the door of people in every nation. He is ready to bring salvation, joy, and peace. He waits for men and women, boys and girls, to invite Him in. Dedicate yourself to bringing this Light to the world. Live in His light!