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Jesus is the Light of the World

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | May 3, 2024 | John 8:12


”. . . 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 (NIV)



John 8:12 holds transformative power for those who truly grasp its meaning. It reveals that following Jesus surpasses mere companionship; it's about embracing His identity and being captivated by Him to the point of unifying with Him through faith. Darkness in this verse symbolizes a pervasive way of living, filled with deception, evil, and sin. Following Jesus allows Him to dispel the darkness from our hearts, providing light that illuminates our path and leads to eternal life.


It is important to recognize that in following Jesus, we receive Him as the light of life, guiding us through darkness. The latter part of verse 12 emphasizes this, stating, "You will have the light of life." This connection between light and life is echoed in John 1:4: "In Him was life, and that life was the light of men." Before receiving the life of Christ through the Holy Spirit, we remain spiritually dead and blind to the light of grace. But by His grace, through faith, we gain the ability to see and walk in His light.


When we follow Jesus, the eyes of our hearts are opened, and the Holy Spirit's light resides within us. Jesus referred to Himself as the light of the world, indicating that without Him, the world remains in darkness. His statement, "Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness," implies that those who don't follow Him will dwell in darkness. Essentially, Jesus being the light of the world means there's no other source of light besides Him. It's either Jesus or darkness—no other alternative light exists.



How does Jesus being the light of the world impact your identity as a follower of Christ? The world was made for this light. This light makes the world shine with its original beauty before sin messed everything up. If you follow Him now, you have Him as the light of your life and you will never stumble in the darkness of this world.  



God Almighty, shine the light of Jesus into my life and help me make my way through this world of darkness without stumbling. Guide me away from any false light, and help me to find and follow Jesus' light. Use me to share that light with others so they can find their way home to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.




DAILY word study: LIGHT OF LIFE  In the original Greek text, the term "Light of Life" is translated as "τὸ φῶς τῆς ζωῆς." The word "φῶς" (phōs) represents light, illumination, and revelation, while "ζωῆς" (zōēs) signifies life, vitality, and existence. Together, this phrase conveys the idea of Jesus being the illuminating source of spiritual life and sustenance.

By identifying Himself as the "Light of Life," Jesus emphasizes His role as the divine guide who leads us out of spiritual darkness and into a life filled with His truth, grace, and salvation. Just as light dispels darkness, Jesus brings clarity, hope, and eternal life to all who choose to follow Him. Reflections: Are we willing to follow him, allowing his light to guide our steps and illuminate our path? Do we embrace his truth and allow it to transform us from within?

𝔹𝔸ℙ𝕋𝕀𝕊𝕋 Daily Devotional | AUDIO VERSION | MAY 3, 2024

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