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Jesus: The Light of the World!

Again, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” 

John 8:12

Light is a powerful resource.  Light helps crops to grow through the process of photosynthesis.  We use light (fire) to cook food for our nourishment.  Light illuminates our way on a dark night.  Light brings beauty to any setting.  Light bestows a sense of hope and wellbeing to humanity.  It would be difficult to do life without light.

Yet there can be no light without a power source.  Natural light comes from the sun; artificial light comes from a socket.  Each connection must be secure for the light to come through.  Heavy clouds will block the sunlight, while a loose socket will hinder electricity from flowing through, in fact it could endanger life.

In John 8:12 Jesus declares, “I am the Light of the world.”  The Pharisees found this statement baffling and even blasphemous.  They did not understand what Jesus meant.  With the “I am…”  Jesus was declaring that he is the power source; he is the ultimate response to any dark situations you may face; he is the only answer and the only hope that humanity should look to, to illuminate the way.

Beloved, amid this dark world, that seems to be getting darker with each passing day, look no further than Jesus, the Light of the world.  Plug into this source securely, because plugging in loosely will endanger your soul.  Many will not understand your faith stance; don’t worry about them.  They will think you are weak and naïve.  Pray for them.  They will find your faith baffling, just as the Pharisees found Jesus’ declaration baffling.  Continue to lift Jesus’ name up so that many will be drawn to him.

If you are facing a dark situation today, all you need to remember, to illuminate your way is that, on that dark day on the cross at Calvary, Jesus’ death brought life and light to a broken world.  Only he could do that.  Today, he alone brings life and light to your broken life.  He desires that you follow him in thought, in word, and in deed and you will never walk in darkness, because his light will completely saturate your life and deliver his peace to you.  Jesus, has declared, “I am the light of the world.”  Nothing and no-one can change that!

Dear Father, thank you for sending your Son, to be the Light of the world.  Thank you for his death and resurrection which has given me victory over sin and death.  Holy Spirit, help me to plug in securely into the Power Source so I can be light in this darkened and darkening world.  Amen.