Light of Life
James MacDonald - Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.” - John 8:12-14
During His time on earth, Jesus was a master at finding the perfect moment to make radical announcements. In John 8, He was in Jerusalem for the Festival of Tabernacles. This celebration includes a lamp-lighting ceremony. Every evening, a priest would light four gold candelabras, illuminating the whole temple court. In addition, people would post their own torches around the perimeter and everyone would sing and dance throughout the night. It was a great party!
Jesus walked into the center of this happy scene and announced, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (v. 12). What an amazing statement—can you picture it? Even so, you may wonder, It’s a nice thought, but what does it have to do with me? Or, What does it mean to have the light of life? Those are the right questions to ask.
Have you ever been in a pitch-black place where you couldn’t even see your hand in front of your face? That’s what life is like without Jesus. Jesus Christ helps everyone who turns to Him sincerely by faith to find his or her way out of that darkness. But you can’t fully appreciate the light of life until you feel the weight of the darkness.
Have you ever felt lost, alone, and trapped—searching but never finding? Jesus Christ is the light. Have you ever felt cruelly crushed under the weight of the wrongs done in this fallen world? Jesus Christ is the light. Have you ever felt perplexed by an issue or circumstance that you couldn’t figure out? Jesus Christ is the light.
Apart from Christ you’re not prepared to die, and apart from the forgiveness of sin that can only be found in Him, you’re not prepared to live. Without Jesus we are all lost in darkness—without hope because we’re without God. But all that can change right now if you receive Jesus Christ as your Savior.
Journal: Do any of these conditions describe my life?
What am I going to do about that today?
If your desire is to receive the light of life that Jesus offers you, respond to Him like this:
Prayer: Father God, I see myself for who I am—a sinner in need of grace. Your light has shone into my life and exposed my heart, pitch-black without You. But I turn to You right now in faith. I choose to leave the darkness behind and receive Your light of life and all that this means. My life will never be dominated by darkness again because I trust what You’ve said in Your Word: If I believe in Your name, You will give me the right to become Your child. I believe that Your Son died in my place on the cross and took my punishment for sin. I receive His life now in exchange for my repentance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.