Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” – John 8:12
Darkness is the partial or total absence of light. It is a place of confusion, secrecy or mystery. Darkness stands for lack of spiritual or intellectual enlightenment, and represents wickedness or evil.
Children of God must have nothing to do with darkness. Moreover, light is the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible. Light is a source of illumination and it represents a condition of spiritual awareness. It liberates and gives direction. Light reveals.
Every true child of God must seek to have the light of God – Jesus is the light of God. Jesus declared in John 8:12 that: “I am the light of the world, he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” He was actually making a very important statement that has it’s roots in the spiritual realm.
Light and darkness both have physical manifestations, but they have their roots in the Spirit realm. The book of Genesis opened with darkness upon the face of the deep, and the first thing God did was to replace the darkness with light by the power of His Word. The work of creation could not proceed until there was light.
Jesus used the concept of “following the light” to minister to Jews because it was a concept they could not relate with. When God brought them out of Egypt, He led them through the wilderness with a Pillar of fire by night so that they could travel far whenever the need arose (Exodus 13:21). Jesus used this to clearly illustrate that He alone can offer security, illumination and meaning in this dark world we live in.
Jesus as the light of the world offers life, revelation, grace, peace, understanding and spiritual awakening to those who are lost in the dark. I pray that everyone who is confused or lost in the darkness of this world will receive illumination and the revelation of the Lord Jesus today, in Jesus’ Name.
The Bible while talking about the brevity of time in John 12:35-36 says:
” Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.” After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.”
Therefore, time waits for no man; tomorrow May be too late. Today is the day of salvation; come to the light of Jesus today.
Dear Father, You are the light of the world. Let the light of your gospel shine in every heart, community and nation, in Jesus’ Name.