I am the Light of the world
- Judi Budi
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When Jesus spoke again to the people, He 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
In the very beginning of the Gospel of John, 1:4-5, we see the first declaration, “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the
darkness has not understood it.” The King James version uses the word comprehended for understood. The Greek word for this is katalambano; meaning overcome, overtaken, confounded, to take hold of. When I read this verse then, I am very thankful that His Light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overtaken it. So this means the darkness of evil will never extinguish God’s Light. His Light brings life to mankind, the “zoe” Greek word for life meaning “possessed with vitality looking to the fullness of life”! Just remembering from our Family Bible School lessons this past summer, darkness is the absence of light. Turn on the light, and the darkness is gone. Turn on the light, and what is there is revealed. In His Light, we see ourselves as we really are… sinners in need of a Savior. When we follow Jesus, our true Light, He lights the path ahead, so we don’t walk blindly into sin, fooled by our own evil desires, then falling into that trap the enemy of our soul deceptively lays to entice us (James 1:14-15). His Light also removes the darkness of sin we already have been ensnared by, as we abide in Him and seek His help, crying out asking for help. His Light will permeate to the darkest, deepest recesses of our heart as we invite His Presence there. It seems in this age, more and more people are turning away from God, and following after their own way. It can be so easy to become accustomed to the darkness, to get so focused on the darkness around us, we never see the darkness in us or address it. Any place we fear exposure is possible evidence of there being darkness in us. Charles Spurgeon once said, “Dear friend, if you are afraid of light, be suspicious of yourself, for it is deceit that dreads detection.” Unless we intentionally choose to draw close to Jesus, abide in His Word deeply, we may keep living there—unaware. And even more dangerous, is to hide from His Light and live in the darkness, only to be deceived by its momentary pleasure. How often are people comfortably deceived into thinking their deeds are masked and unexposed in the darkness. It is a false sense of private or hidden, just as Adam and Eve felt their shame of by trying to hide their nakedness in the garden. But we have Good News!! Christ not only brings light, but He also brings deliverance from darkness!! Colossians 1:13-14 I am so very thankful that my Savior is in the business of bringing light into my dark places, freedom from captivity, praise God!!