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.
It feels very apt to be writing this now as my whole life has a lot more light in it. I know some readers are overseas so I’ll explain that we have just had a very dark wet winter, the wettest winter since records began. It was dark when I got up in the morning and dark when I left work to come home and when it was supposed to be light in the daytime, that light wasn’t very strong either. I don’t fully suffer from SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) but I’m sure I do a little bit, we probably all do to a degree. Darkness is just kind of depressing.
At the time of writing this blog it is sunny outside, it feels like spring is on the way. It’s light when I wake up and it’s light when I drive back home after work. I feel a bit more cheerful, it’s wonderful what a bit of light can do.
Jesus came into a very dark world and proclaimed He was the light of the world but also demonstrated it in His actions. He was a bit in disguise as He couldn’t fully show how light He was, He only revealed a fuller extent of His light on a few occasions. One is called the transfiguration where He went up on a mountain with Peter, James and John and they met Moses and Elijah and His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.(Matthew 17:2)
But when Jesus declared Himself as the light of the world it was more than just His glory.
Light can have quite an effect on us. I want you to imagine that you have been in the deepest darkest dungeon for a very long time. Suddenly the door flings open and the noon day sun streams in and shines directly onto your face. The first thing you are going to do is cover your eyes. This light can be too much for some people and actually be quite repulsive. The Pharisee’s were like that, they thought they were walking in the light but they were actually stumbling around in the darkness. Does that sound familiar to people you know?
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. (John 3:19-20)
Another aspect of light is that it reveals truth, for instance when we want to discover something we use the phrase “let’s shed some light on this” In Psalm 119:105 it says; Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. The famous account of the 2 men walking with Jesus on the Emmaus road is a good example. Jesus is opening up the scriptures and explaining how the bible is all about Him and eventually when they break bread their eyes are opened. The word of God brings light to us and revelation.
The last aspect of light I’m going to look at is the fact that it causes growth. Another glorious aspect of spring time is all the flower shoots start emerging; beautiful daffodils and primroses and very soon the striking trees laden with blossom. If we spend any time with Jesus a natural reaction is that we will automatically grow, we can’t help it.
Can I encourage you to spend more time with ‘The light’? Jesus said
While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light (John 12:36)
And the Apostle John says in 1 john 1:5-7
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
Just to finish I’ll share this lovely song “light of the world” enjoy!