“God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” -John 1:3-9 NLT
“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” -John 8:12 NLT
Jesus is the Light of the world. The phrase Light of the World is only used by Jesus twice when speaking of Himself and once for His disciples. He calls us to reflect His light to a dark world. Whoever believes in Christ becomes like Him reflecting light in a dark world.
The Bible uses a lot of images that relate to light- pillars of fire, burning lamps, consuming fire, etc. Jesus is the Divine Light; His light is so powerful that it cannot be overcome by darkness, sin, and death. Light was created by God when the earth was yet void. Over and over again, God is seen as light: the psalmists talk about God being wrapped in light as in a garment, Moses shone with God’s light when he came down from the mountain full of glory and Jesus shone with brightness in His transfiguration. Revelation states that in heaven there will be no need for the sun to shine for the glory of God gives light and Christ is His lamp.
Christ came as a Light of the World. He desires us all to know Him and believe in Him. He desires us to have His presence living in us. When He does, we will also shine His light. Those who do not know Him are still walking in darkness.
As Light, Christ will bring justice for those who are oppressed, mercy to the suffering, healing to the sick, strength to the weak, hope for the hopeless. Christ was so determined to bring us to His light that He spent 9 months in the darkness of His mother’s womb in order to be one of us. He then suffered in darkness on the hill of Calvary. Christ came as Light, He is Light and He will return as Light. When He returns the veils of darkness will be gone and everyone will know He indeed is Lord of all!
Jesus, Light of the World, our world is so full of darkness. People cannot see you as they are blinded and do not know the truth of your love. Even I was once in darkness. Forgive me for my blindness and unbelief. Help me to see your light, help me to follow you. During this Advent season help me to shine your light and glory. May others see your light and want to know you as their Lord and Saviour. Shine Jesus, Shine, fill this land with Your glory, blaze Spirit blaze, set our hearts on fire! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
For further study:
Isaiah 9:2; Isaiah 60:2,19-20; 1 John 1:5-7; Matthew 5:14-16: Revelation 21:22-27