Light of the World
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the Light of the World: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12
Light is a most marvelous creation of God. In fact when we think of light, most of the time we think of the sun. This may surprise you but light was created before the sun. The sun is just an enormous celestial candle that God lit on day four of the creation week (Genesis 1:3,14-19). God created the sun to be a luminary, a light bearer, for His creation. Therefore light illuminates or brings to his or her attention their surroundings, their situation, and the many paths before them. Light dispels darkness. It gives sight. It gives understanding. It comforts. It gives direction. Light can be used for so many things, but one thing light never does, and that is – deceives. Light always tells the truth. There may be error in the way one interprets what they see or understand, but light is a matter of fact. Light is honest and true.
Many years ago, there was a captain navigating a ship and as he looked into the dark hazy night and saw a faint light in the distance. Immediately he told his signalman to send this message: “Alter your course 10 degrees south.”
Shortly a return message was received: “Alter your course 10 degrees north.”
The captain was irritated that his command had been ignored. So he sent a second message: “Alter your course 10 degrees south. I am a captain.”
Soon another message was received: “Alter your course 10 degrees north. I am seaman third class Johnson.”
At once the captain was enraged and sent a third message. He sent a message that would surely have muscle behind it to make his point. He sent: “This is the captain speaking, I order you to immediately alter your course 10 degrees south. I am a battleship.”
Then quickly came the reply: “Alter your course 10 degrees north. I am a lighthouse.”
In the middle of our dark and foggy lives, there are a multitude of messages from the world giving us orders in the night air as to what and how we should live. In this darkness dwells much deception, pride, and foolishness. Destruction is what the world will lead us into. If we follow the dogmatic outlook of this politically correct world we will crash upon the rocky shores of eternal judgment.
Jesus Christ “the Light of the World” dispels darkness, gives understanding, gives direction, and gives comfort. The “Light of the World” always tells the truth, and will lead us safely to our destination home, and so we will ever be safe from crashing into the condemnation of death. When we follow the one and only true Light we will not walk in darkness, but we will have the “light of life.”
David C. Hale, pastor