John 8:12 (NIV)
12 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.”
The word light is a metaphor that occurs more than 20 times in the first 12 chapters of John’s Gospel. Jesus wasn’t saying that he was holding the light or that He had the light or that He’s the way to the light. Instead, He unequivocally stated, “I am the Light.” In doing so, He was claiming to be deity. Rabbis used “light” as a name for Messiah. When Jesus said He was the Light, He was saying that He is God and, therefore, He is the source of life. The sun is necessary for sustaining life, but the One who created the sun and the universe is the source of all life.
C.S. Lewis once said, ”I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” Everything comes from God and is therefore filtered through God. If a person does not believe that, then they are in denial.
Darkness is often a metaphor for sin, spiritual blindness, and death. Light and darkness cannot coexist. When you turn on a light in a darkened room, immediately the darkness vanishes. Christ is the Light who dispels spiritual darkness.
Not only does the light dispel the darkness, but it also lights our path. Jesus is essential to our spiritual life. As rain and sun are critical to earthly crops, we need Christ to nourish and help us grow in our spiritual walk. He alone possesses the map to life.
To be a follower of Christ is to give our body, soul, and mind in obedience to Him. As we walk in the Light, He delivers us from darkness and guides us on the path towards pursuing His purposes.
Isaiah 2:5 (NIV)
5 Come, descendants of Jacob,
let us walk in the light of the Lord.
The question I want us to ask ourselves today is:
How can I be more intentional about walking in Jesus’ light in my daily life?
When you figure out what you can do, the next step is to implement them into your daily life. Make it a daily rhythm in your life to spend time with God. Be intentional about living your life in a manner that reflects Jesus. Doing this will change your life forever.