“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.’”
John 8:12 (NIV)
What does Jesus mean by calling himself ‘the Light of the World’? A light illumines the pathway. Jesus shows us the way through difficult times in our lives. I am considering purchasing some of those solar powered yard lights to set along our front walk. I believe they would bring comfort as we enter our home. We could also see better when we exit our car in the evenings.
He continues to say that those who follow him will not be in darkness. We have toured several caves-Marengo Caves in Indiana, Mammoth Cave in central Kentucky and a cave in eastern Kentucky. All these places have a common part of their tours. The guides allow the groups to experience total darkness.
When they turn out the lights, you can’t see your hand in front of your face. We have been on these tours with families that had small children. I can remember the screams of those children. The noise was deafening. They screamed because they were scared. When I remember these times, I think of the souls who, by their behavior, have been relegated to Hades. This is the reason it is important to bring Christ to the world.
Those who walk in spiritual darkness stumble and bring hurt to themselves. Those who choose to walk in the light of Christ walk in safety and protection of Jesus.
Dear Father God: I thank You for giving us You Son. I thank You for His being Light in our darkness and for His guidance through the dark times. I ask Your presence be with those who suffer for You. Encourage them with Your Word and protect them from harm. All praise belongs to You. In the name of Jesus, I pray. AMEN