Devotional Thought

Jesus Says, “I Am the Light of the World” (John 8:12)

Sometimes life seems like one long night in which we must stumble around and try to find our way.

As the sun is to the natural world, Christ is to the moral world. He is like the sun in the unfolding splendor of a new day.

It is not surprising that Jesus calls himself the light. After all, in the beginning he created the light, and the sun and moon and stars. The Bible says he is the “sun of righteousness” (Malachi 4:2).

How tragic it is when some close their eyes to the light and prefer to walk in spiritual darkness! Perhaps they have some pet sin they don’t want to give up. Maybe they don’t want to face their need for forgiveness. Or perhaps they simply refuse to humble themselves before their Maker.

When Jesus says he is the light of the world, he is making a tremendous claim. To top it off, he goes on to say in the same verse, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” As the whole world would die without sunlight, so it will die spiritually without Jesus.

Someone has said that Jesus must be either a liar or a lunatic, or the real Lord to make such claims for himself.

Would a person with the morals of a liar be willing to lay down his life for others, as Jesus did? Hardly.

Could a madman or a lunatic, claiming to be the light of the whole world, speak with the wisdom that we find throughout Jesus’ teachings? Hardly.

Let us come into the light of Christ. He is the Lord! Let us kneel before him who is the way to heaven. He has died for our sins. He has risen again. Day or night, wherever we are, he is our Savior.

Believers in Jesus will someday enter heaven. That “city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and [Jesus] is its lamp” (Revelation 21:23).

Join us each Sunday and step into the magnificent light of Jesus.