Jesus…said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
(John 8:12 NIV)
One of the things that I dread about winter is driving in pitch-dark nights. So imagine my joy and sense of relief when I finally see light at the end of a dark road! I know that the light will guide me safely to my destination and it gives me great peace.
Christmas lights are a wonderful reminder of the Light who entered our dark world thousands of years ago. Following Him allows us to navigate through our darkest moments. The Gospel of John reminds us of this just as the author of Genesis does, as they both paint a picture of a dark world in need of light. In fact, light is the first thing the earth needed and that God created (Genesis 1:2-5). And ever since, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). What was true of the world then is true now – we need the Light of the World.
One of my favourite “I am” statements of Jesus is “I am the light of the world.” After declaring that He is the Light of the world, Jesus went on to give sight to a man born blind, a man who had known nothing but darkness all his life, until he met the Light (John 9). The good news is that Jesus continues to give sight and life to all who seek and follow Him. I pray that this Christmas, you will follow the Light and allow Him to guide you through the darkness because those who follow Him “will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”