Jesus says: “I am the light which is on them all. I am the All, and the All has gone out from me and the All has come back to me. Split a piece of wood and I am there. Lift the stone and there you shall find me!”
If there is a Hall of Fame for the most profound sayings of Jesus from Thomas, this one would be on my personal favorites list. Here, Jesus says that he is the light which shines on everyone, everywhere. He identifies himself with the “All” which can only refer to the One True Divine Source which he often refers to as “Father,” or that we may call “God.” Not only does Jesus claim to be the All, he tells us that the “All has gone out” from himself and that “the All has come back” to himself. The going out and the coming back is to be understood as a single motion. Both the emanating from God and the return to God are the same thing. The unity of the All is not changed in any way by the going out or the coming back. Our assurance then is that we are also the All which has gone out and we are the All which will come back to the Divine Source, because there is no separation between us and the All, or between the All and us.