I am Day 2: I am the Light of the World
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12, ESV)
Have you ever experienced complete and utter darkness? I’m not talking about the darkness of your room with all the lights off or even the darkness of a night sky; I’m talking about darkness that you can feel. I remember one time my family was driving up to the Northeast, through the mountains of Virginia. We decided to stop and tour Luray Caverns, the largest caverns in the eastern United States.
We entered the caverns and were in awe at the enormous structures of stalactites and stalagmites all around us. After walking for a little while, we entered an underground hallway of sorts. It was fairly dark, but there were lanterns along the cave walls (all natural!) that lit the way. The tour guide then stopped and told us to get our bearings because he was going to turn off the lights so we could experience complete darkness. When those lights went out, I experienced darkness like I never had before and have not since then. I tried blinking, waving my hand directly in front of my face, anything, really, but I couldn’t see a thing. The darkness was so deep that some of the people began to lose their bearings and became a little disoriented. Thankfully, it was only 30 seconds or so before the lights were turned back on. What a great thing it was to be able to see again.
In John 8, the Lord Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees, who were in spiritual darkness. The Pharisees were steeped in Jewish religious tradition, were familiar with the Scriptures, and were very influential in that day. If any group of people should have recognized the Messiah, it should have been them. The Lord Jesus rightly said that He was sent from the Father (vs. 18), that He was not of this world (vs. 23), that He would be lifted up and die (vs. 28), that He is glorified by the Father (vs. 54), and that He was before Abraham (vs. 58). Many people listening to this conversation believed (vs. 30), but the Pharisees picked up stones to throw at Him (vs. 59). Even though they were standing face to face with the Light, they chose to remain in darkness.
If you are reading this and are not saved, you are also in spiritual darkness. The Lord Jesus spoke these words to the Pharisees, but they still apply today: “I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins” (vs. 24). Thankfully, the Lord Jesus is the light of the world, and all who put their trust in His completed work at Calvary can be saved and brought into His glorious light (1 Pet. 2:9). Just as the sun is essential for life on earth, the Son is essential for eternal life.
For those of us who are saved, the Lord Jesus says in John 8:12 that we “have the light of life.” If we have the light of life, “what fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14). It should be our daily goal to walk in His light and to broadcast this light into a world that is still in darkness, as we once were. In a world that seemingly embraces and welcomes the darkness more and more each day, this is just a reminder of how important it is to continue to spend time in the Word (Ps. 119:105), to spread the Gospel (Acts 13:47), and to live a life that glorifies Him and draws sinners to the Savior (Eph. 5:8). It would be my prayer that each of us would desire to walk in His light and that He would shine through us, piercing through the darkness of this world and drawing sinners to repentance.