This week we’ve looked at God’s power over darkness. Today we’ll focus on The Light that has overcome the darkness! This Light was predicted and written about with great hope centuries before in Isaiah 9: “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.” (9:2) Although the prophets clearly predicted the arrival of The Light, many chose not to see it.
I am the light of the world is one of several “I am” statements Jesus made as He revealed His identity and purpose. Jesus made this statement after the woman caught in the act of adultery was brought to Him. Really, the woman was being used. The Pharisees were trying to catch Jesus in the act of saying something they could use against Him. The beginning of John 8 says it was morning and Jesus had gone back to the temple. Just imagine the sun rising in the background as Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” Jesus’ words were timely and intentional as He compared Himself to the rising sun. To His Jewish listeners, the sun was a symbol of Jehovah God. There could be no mistaking what Jesus was trying to communicate.
When we choose to trust and follow Jesus and surrender our lives to Him, the result is light. And life always follows light. To deny Jesus, as the prophet wrote, is to walk in darkness. But it’s because of darkness that we’re able to fully appreciate the light. We might question the need for darkness at all. But light and darkness can only be understood in relation to each other.
In the Old Testament, God created with the words, “Let there be light.” Centuries later, He would speak Light again, this time to save us.
Light isn’t something we see as much as it helps us see everything else. Praise the Father today for The Light of His love.