“I am the Light of the world (John 8:12).”
This is the second of seven “I AM” declarations of Jesus, we find in John’s gospel. It speaks of His unique divine identity as the only source of man’s spiritual light. There is an enemy who tells all of mankind that there are others ways but he is not only a liar but God declared him to be the Father of lies. John 8:12 declares, “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 have the light of life.’”
Jesus is the light of all Truth as revealed in His Word and the Light who, by His Spirit, is “a light unto our path and a lamp unto our feet (Psalm 119:105).” Just as the sun is shining brightly today, the Light shines in our hearts to lead, guide, and direct us. When we sin, the Light of the World convicts us and urges us repent and keeps us from walking in spiritual darkness. Sin will not be the intentional practice of our lives.
In Matthew 5:14–16, we are told that believers are the light of the world. As believers in Jesus as Lord and Savior we are called to display His glory by reflecting the Light of Christ so others will see and glorify our Father who is in heaven.
“… giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:12-13
The old hymn declares, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine! I pray today that day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment that every true believer will rely on the Light of the World, His Spirit and His Word to light up the world with the glory, hope, and joy that can only be realized in Jesus!
“…But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9