THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Bible Reading: John 8:12; Psalm 27:1-14

“Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life” [John 8:12 Amplified Bible]

Immediately after telling the woman caught in adultery that He did not condemn her Jesus spoke the second of His seven “I am” statements in John’s Gospel. This woman had certainly found light and freedom!

This morning I was reading an article in the Premier Christianity Magazine by Elaine Storkey, former President of Tearfund. She went through a very dark time of doubt in her life. She writes, “The way I came out of that was not by philosophical reasoning. It was by a bunch of girls every night tucking me in and saying, ‘You’ll be fine, we are praying for you.’ One night they were very confident I was going to be an all right Christian very soon. As they left I said, ‘Please switch the light off’ and they did so as they left. [Yet at the same time] I had a sense of being surrounded by light; it’s very difficult to describe.”

Light is a theme that runs right through the Bible. God is light [1 John 1:5], and when Jesus said, “I am the light of the world,” He was once again saying that He is God. This brought Him into direct opposition to the darkness in the religious leaders who opposed Him.

The promise in this verse is that we will not walk in darkness. The words ‘will not’ are far more emphatic in the Greek, where the negative is in its strongest form and means “shall by no means walk in darkness.” Jesus promises that His followers will in no way walk in darkness. Light and life and darkness and death are diametrically opposed to each other. Light reveals reality, as God knows it. Darkness is the shadowy world of illusion cast by human notions of what constitutes reality: a world of delusion, deception, and fantasy. Darkness is simply the absence of light! Delusion and deception are words that describe the devil, and later in this chapter of John, Jesus will speak about him.

Holman Hunt’s wonderful picture depicting Jesus as the Light of the World hangs in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Jesus is standing at the door and knocking. The unusual feature of the painting is that Jesus cannot get in because the door has no handle on the outside. It has to be opened from the inside. We need to open the door and allow Jesus to flood us with His light. When we do so we will find freedom, and His light will lead us in the right direction.

Questions:

Because the Lord is your light what are some of the promises in Psalm 27 that you can stand on today?

Can you describe in a few words what it means to be in the light and walk in the light?

If you have been struggling with doubt, and fear, why not ask Jesus right now to come in as the light and bring you His peace?