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 world is full of darkness. As much as we would like to have a positive view of the world we are constantly confronted with wickedness in many different forms. The extent varies from personal to national to international evil. Racism has recently raised its ugly head again, although it has always existed in the heart of man. Conflicts rage on at personal as well as international levels. Atrocities are committed in the name of God. It is true that the wages of sin is death. We see death of relationships, death of hope, and physical death. The world is certainly a bleak place to live in. It’s a dark world.
Into such a world came the light, the light of life.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5 NIV
Light and life go hand in hand. Darkness and death fit together. Light also talks about righteousness, whereas darkness talks about wickedness.
Darkness brings fear, whereas light brings hope.
Darkness depicts lostness, whereas light shines the way of purpose.
Where there is light all darkness is dispelled. Jesus said that he is the light of the world. He came to bring righteousness, hope, and purpose.
Who is it for? Whoever follows him.
Are you following him? Do you believe that he’s the light who overcame all the darkness in your life? Are you obedient to his commands and teachings?
We cannot say that we love Jesus, but not believe who he is, what he did for us on the cross, and follow him by being obedient to him.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. John 1:9-11 NIV