Could this new black illuminate the words of Jesus Christ (around AD 30) - words recorded in the first-century biography written by Luke?
He was trying to make abundantly clear the supreme importance of light. The light of which he spoke was, for sure, highly visible. He said that no one with a light would think of hiding it. So the light was there for all to see. What was it?
He then says, somewhat cryptically, “your eye is the lamp of your body.” Did he intend to draw attentuion to the fact that it is what a person sees that enlightens that person – that illuminates him or her inside?
That seems to be the case because he expands on this. “When your eye is uncorrupted, your whole body is full of light, but when it is evil, your body is full of blackness.” This raises some difficulties. What does it mean to have uncorrupted eyes? What does it mean to have evil eyes? The former results in one’s whole body being full of light. The latter results in one’s whole body being full of darkness – full of black.
Jesus was addressing the crowds – all of Jersey, as it were. He uses the imperative tense of the verb “to look”. His command to the crowd is that they now look. Why? It seems that a failure to look will have very serious consequences – pitch black consequences. He says, “Look! Lest the light in you be Vantablack.” The light inside you is Vantablack….pitch black.
Look at what? The crowds are mandated to look with their eyes – to perceive – because unless they do no light will come into their bodies. But what are they tolook at? What are they to see?
Going back a step – they are to see the light which is on a stand – which is there for all to see – there in clear sight, nothing hidden…..