Day 10

The Light of the World

from the John reading plan

John 8:1-59, 1 John 1:5-7, Romans 2:25-29

For the Christian, Jesus is the light we see by.

Two-year-old boys have a knack for running towards danger. Add a dash of thick darkness, and you should get the band-aids ready. While playing on a sketchy outdoor playground at a greasy hamburger joint, my son wanted to see what was behind the playground’s main attraction—an abandoned school bus. I tagged along with him to see what was behind the bus. It was so dark I could barely see him. I turned on the flashlight on my phone, and when the light hit the ground in front him, we both saw he was seconds away from falling onto a jagged pile of concrete chunks. I snatched him as he stumbled forward, milliseconds from getting the worst cuts and scrapes of his life.

In a way, the light saved him. The light showed us reality. Light is essential to seeing what’s out there, what’s coming at us, where to go, and what to do.

When Jesus says He is the light of the world, He’s telling us reality is found with Him. Jesus shines His light, and as we look at the world through His high-beams, we see we are sinners—people who have fallen short of God’s law. We see that we can’t save ourselves. And then we see He is the Savior we need, crucified for our sins, risen from the dead, reigning in the heavens, and returning soon. Jesus’ light helps us see the universe as He sees it—existing for Him and His glory. This light, Christ alone, gives us life.

We now see by faith all we couldn’t accurately see before. “In your light do we see light” (Psalm 36:9). In Christ, we now see hope for eternity and peace for today. In the Light of the World, we also see one another clearly as our racism, selfishness, and pride are exposed and we are empowered to love another better.

As we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, the Light of the World shines on us, and shines for us. Because of Jesus, we see the potholes and pitfalls of this world, the temptations and thorns, and the way to life everlasting. The light of Christ shows us how to live with him. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).

By faith in Christ, Who is light, we see the glory of God (2 Corinthians 3:18)—and one day we will see His face (Revelation 22:4). Christ is our vision, our Lord, our light, our all. He is the light we see by, and we can see clearly now.

Written By J.A. Medders

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7 thoughts on "The Light of the World"

  1. Forrest says:

    Let he who is without sin throw the first stone…

  2. Phil says:

    34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

    44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

    These two verses stood out to me this morning. They are completely separate, but yet seem to just go perfectly hand in hand.

    Has it ever felt like you were or are a slave to something? Whether it be a bad relationship, something you were doing that you knew wasn’t right, or a even a behavior/ attitude? I know I have plenty of times; feels like no matter how many times you ask for forgiveness for whatever it was that you were doing, you ended up going back and doing the same thing eventually. The shame and guilt that this behavior brings is immense and can literally leave you feeling like a dog with its tail between its legs cowering before its owner. Just like the second group of verses reads, the reason we get sucked into a behavior or become slave to sin is because of how good of a liar the devil is.

    I know even in my own life, in areas I used to struggle in or even still struggle in, the devil will simply whisper “Oh it’s not that bad” or “just one last time.” Have you ever found yourself compromising? Making your own rules or twisting something you do to make it not seem like something actually sinful? Or possibly even making a deal with yourself, such as “I’ll never do it again after…” etc… These are just some of the MANY tricks the devil has in his toolbox of lies and deception. He has no knew tricks, he just polishes them and resurfaces them to look new and exciting; and yet our weak sinful selves so easily fall back in each day.

    I pray that God gives us wisdom and discernment to see and hear the lies of sin and to know what’s right from wrong. I pray that God not only reveals this to us each day, but gives us the strength, courage, and integrity to desire to choose what’s right, say what’s right, and do what’s right even when no one is watching; or sometimes even more difficult, when ALL eyes are on you. God didn’t make any compromise with the devil so why should we? I’d rather be in the light with few, than the dark with many.

  3. Ken Fuller says:

    “Before Abraham was, I AM.” Same words God used to introduce Himself to the Hebrews. The children of Abraham (those circumcised from infancy) did not recognize Jesus as God with them because they clung too much to their inheritance through Abraham. Jews today continue to do the same. We all are promised new life, forgiveness of sins and eternity with God if we will believe Jesus is the Christ and turn away from the devil to the Spirit for a new heart (spiritual circumcision).

  4. Luke Blackburn says:

    Light exposes that which we can’t see in darkness. We are naturally prone to wander in darkness, but if we accept the word of Christ, He will provide Light to direct our path. Only through Him can we see our pride and the folly of our ways. When we draw near to Christ, our selfish tendency fall to the wayside as we inherit His perspective and character. His perspective is divine and will give us the insight and direction to love more completely and live beyond ourselves.

  5. Kevin says:

    I catch myself trying to use my own small little flashlight to see things instead of God’s flood light. How neat would it be to surrender everything to him and have that bright light shown on us each and every day. What can I do with my light to show others Christs Love? I’m handful for a gracious God that shines light on me when I look to him.

  6. Ben says:

    My girlfriend recently bought a new car. To pick it up, she had to drive to a small town in the middle of the mountains. It got darker and darker and she finished signing the paperwork, and when she finally got the keys, it was nighttime. She still had a long drive ahead of her. She did what everyone does at night and turned on her headlights. I was talking to her on her way home, and she was telling me how pitch black it was. There were no streetlights. Just her headlights. I immediately thought back to the times I’ve driven long stretches in the darks, brights on. It pierced through the dark and showed me the way. That brought me security, knowing what was in front of me. That’s what God does for us. He is the Light in the darkness of the world, showing us the way when we can’t see 10 feet in front of us. Without Him, we’d be lost and in a ditch somewhere in the middle of nowhere. There’s so much comfort in that, and by default so much comfort in Him. The other thing the headlights do is show us potholes, curves, and debris in the road. God’s light does the same thing. He shows us the things in ourselves we may stumble over, and helps us avoid them. In a way, we’re all on one long drive through the night in life. Jesus is our headlight, showing us the true and safe way home, to Heaven.

  7. Nick Crawford says:

    Thank you Jesus for being the light of the world.
    You fight for us to see and know your light so that we can live in your truth and goodness, which is TRUE life, life everlasting.

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