I am the Light of the world (John 8:12). These seven small words spoken by Jesus have a monumental impact. To understand the impact of light, we need to compare it to its counterpart; darkness. In a metaphorical sense, light and darkness describe two opposing spiritual realities. Darkness is the territory where people are blind to the reality of God and seek to navigate life without the illuminating lamp of God’s truth. Light is transformative and as it penetrates the darkness it reveals what is hidden, creating visibility. Think about what it feels like to be in a pitch black place. We lose our sense of orientation and clarity. To find our way we take tentative steps and risk stumbling and colliding with objects that are obscured from our view. When Jesus says I am the Light of the world it means He ushered in the light of God’s kingdom, igniting the wick of redemption with God’s truth and reality. Jesus orientates us to life and purpose with unmistakable clarity. As He completes the transaction of redemption, depositing His light into our lives, the transformation is complete. We are no longer in the dark.
As a result of this illumination and transformation, Jesus then says you are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). These seven small words also have a monumental impact. Jesus never intended the light of Christianity to remain in the private sphere of life. As we embody the light of Jesus and our lamps burn brightly, we help others to step out of the shadows and darkness to find Jesus, the ultimate light. As the light of Jesus becomes a lived reality in and through us, we become beacons of hope that point to Jesus, the Light of the world. Today you are the light of the world. How will you let your light shine to be a beacon of light and hope to others?
So, friends, get your light on today.
Best days to come