"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness." – John 8:12
As the Feast of Tabernacles was drawing to a
close in John 8, Jesus was teaching in the inner courts of the temple,
surrounded by the huge candelabras that were lit every night of the feast. It
was said that these candelabras burned so brightly that on a dark night, they
would light up every courtyard in
Jesus was basically saying, “These candelabras
can light up
The religious leaders weren’t sure what Jesus was talking
about, but they didn’t like it. So they challenged His right to speak on His
own behalf. They were baffled when He answered, “I am one who testifies for
myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me” (v. 18). And when they
asked where His father was, Jesus responded, “You do not know me or my Father….
If you knew me, you would know my Father also” (v. 19). They got even madder
when He warned them, “I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that
I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins” (v. 24). This
probably didn’t win Him any new fans among the religious leaders. But according
to verse 30, many others who heard did believe in Him.
Jesus came to be the light of the world. Aren’t
you glad He didn’t leave us to keep stumbling in spiritual darkness? If you let
Him, He can flip the switch and light up your life, illuminating the sin that
you need to confess. He can lift the blinders from your soul so that you can
see clearly that He is the Christ and the Son of the living God. And He
provides a lamp for your feet and a light for your path, so that you can see
which way to go.
Here are two lessons we can draw from this passage:
Lesson #1: No matter how many lights are shining around you, let Jesus light your way. After all, He is the Light of the World. There is no light like the Light of the World, Jesus Christ.
Lesson #2: Your life and time are both limited, and you don’t know what that limit is. Therefore, there is every reason for making the decision to trust in Jesus Christ now, before it’s too late. Sadly, it appears that most of the religious leaders missed their opportunity. Don’t make the same mistake they did.
Davis is the pastor of Impact Christian Church. Join us for worship on Sunday
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