Metaphoric examples of Christ and light are plentiful in the scriptures, both in the Bible: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12), as well as in the Book of Mormon: “He is the light and life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death” (Mosiah 16:9).
In this piece, artist Greg Olsen again depicts Christ as a shepherd figure (link to “The Good Shepherd”, “Lost No More”), albeit one who leads with the lamp of conscience toward salvation. Despite impeding darkness, there is no reason to fear – as His beam enables all to walk by faith. He enlightens the spiritual vision of His followers, and bids them to similarly reflect His radiance for others. “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid” (Matthew 5:14).
Artist Greg Olsen described his inspiration for the painting as follows: “Just as a light set upon a hill serves as a beacon to weary travelers, so Jesus Christ stands as a shining example to all the world, showing us a better way to peace and happiness. His light illuminates the path of life, leading us along the straight and narrow way, exposing obstacles that may cause us to stumble, or forks in the road that might lead us astray. Those who press on, with their gaze fixed upon the light of Christ, have their own lights kindled within. Rather than merely casting a shadow, they serve as helpful luminaries to the rest of humanity on life’s journey.” (http://www.gregolsen.com/light-of-the-world-9061)k
Additional reading: “The Light and Life of the World”