I AM ... The Light of the World | John 8:12
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."
Did you read, or hear, or watch the news this morning? Another rebel demonstration in a volatile region of the world. Another suicide bomber kills innocent bystanders. Another lawsuit. Another murder trial. Liberals and conservatives talking past one another. And deaths…hundreds of deaths. The world is in darkness. Evil, sin, and ignorance abound. The world is filled with people walking in darkness (Isaiah 9:2).
But we don’t have to learn of darkness from the news. Our hearts are “deceitful above all things and beyond cure” (Jeremiah 17:9). We are filled with the dark haze of emptiness, bitterness, anger, disillusionment, and despair. Until…we experience the Light.
Jesus changes everything. The person who follows Jesus “will never walk in darkness.” J. C. Ryle well says, “The spiritual light that Christ gives is independent of time or place, is not affected by sickness or death, burns on forever and cannot be quenched…guiding him in his journey through life….” Jesus really does change everything.
Lord Jesus, thank you for being the Light of the world. Thank you for the promise that those who follow you will never have to walk in darkness. In Your name. Amen.