I Am the Light of the World

“And God said, ‘let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.” – Genesis 1:3-4 (NIV)

The vast expanse of the universe surrounds us, and we’re here on a single planet in the middle of all of that, wandering around for a while. Living day by day, deciding time by the sun. And much like how our sunlight does not come from the planet, so our ‘life light’ does not come from the planet either.

What is light?

When we think about light, we think about the sun or a candle or electricity, but none of these are light, they are sources of light.

Jesus deliberately calls Himself ‘light’ – why?

When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘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 (NIV)

 This image is so powerful in understanding aspects of who God is.

  •  God is everywhere. Like light, even when only a little is visible, it is still there.
  • God is undeniable.

  • The light allows us to see. Isn’t that the greatest thing? Jesus came to make us see. We are no longer blinded by our sin. Like the great song by John Newton says, “I once was blind, but now I see”.

  • Jesus grants us amazing grace.

So, is that light? Is light the grace that God so mercifully granted us to blot out our sins? Jesus was the sacrifice, so that we may have a relationship with God. Is light grace?

If we view darkness as our sin, as the death that our sin inevitably leads to, then it makes perfect sense for Jesus to call Himself “the light of the world”. He is the binary to darkness, the complete opposite to what sends us to our deaths. He is our life.

So what do we do with this information now? Jesus calls us to follow Him. To deny ourselves and take up our cross (Matthew 16:24). Can you imagine the world without light? Close your eyes. Go on.

That is life without Jesus. Dark. And not just the dark when you can’t see, but the all consuming, petrifying nothingness that scares you to the core.

Our life with Jesus is the warm, never-ending joy that fills us. It’s the love that takes over ourselves and overflows into the world. With physical light comes physical warmth, with spiritual light comes eternity.

Jesus calls Himself “the light of the world” because He is the only source of spiritual life.

“No one comes to the father except through me.” – John 14:6 (NIV)

Jesus is the light that allows us to acknowledge God and to see our own sin to repent.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘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 (NIV)

 I AM. The great, endless definition of God.

~ Cheylin Blore, Guest Author

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