From the Word
“I Am I Am the Light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12
Fear. Confusion. Loneliness. Anxiety. These are a few of the things we experience in the dark. These are also things we experience because of sin. Sin and darkness are linked throughout Scripture. While darkness with some light can be peaceful, darkness with no light is terrifying. The darkness of sin casts its shadow over the world in which we live. We see the darkness of sin lived out in the faces and the actions of those around us. We also participate in that we sin daily.
God, whose first creation was light (see Genesis 1), came as light into the world (see John 1:1-18). He said, “I Am I Am the Light of the world.” He came to shine the light of God’s grace into the darkness of sin. He brought about the darkest moment of human history when He bore the sins of the world, that we might be light in Him.
Now, by faith, we see, because the Light has lit up our lives. We see this sinful world for what it is. We see the pitfalls of sin, lit up by God’s Word. We see the futility of self-righteousness. Mostly we see the grace of God in the Light, Jesus. The Light warms us against the cold of sin. He lights our path through life, as well as our destination. He shows us love, defining it by His sacrifice for us. He brings us joy, seeing His blessings and rejoicing in them with a joy that will have no end. He gives us peace, dispelling the darkness and assuring us of sufficient grace as we walk the path in this world to eternity in heaven.
When temptation darkens our path, we have the light of Jesus. When evil intrudes, we have the light of Jesus. When disaster threatens, we have the light of Jesus. When death casts its shadow, we have the light of Jesus.
People constantly wonder why we Christians are the way we are. Why are we so accepting of the circumstances of life? Why are we so unafraid of the evil around us? Why do we celebrate a death? We’ve seen the Light. We walk in the Light. We are light in the Lord.