I’m happy to be sharing Teresa’s encouraging words regarding what it means that we call Jesus the Light of the World in this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday.
Light of the World
I love this name for God. Light represents hope, life, goodness, energy, guidance, and clarity.
The Apostle John wrote it of Jesus:
Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men.John 1:4
The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.John 1:9
Later in the gospel of John, Jesus tells the Pharisees who He is (one of the I Am statements):
Then Jesus spoke out again, “I am the light of the world! The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”John 8:12
Not only does Jesus tell them who He is (a question they repeatedly ask), He also gives them hope. If anyone follows Him, that person will never walk in darkness again. His light is life.
Though Jesus is speaking abstractly, we can compare this to the physical light and dark.
If you’ve ever walked in a completely dark place, like a cave, or when all the electricity goes out on a stormy night, you know how much you crave any sort of illumination to help you navigate your path. Does anyone like that feeling of vulnerability? When the light returns, we rejoice! Yay, the lights are back on. Yay, we can finally see the light at the mouth of the cave (or the park ranger stopped his demonstration of total darkness and turned his light on!). If we’ve experienced light, the darkness is uncomfortable, ominous, and often terrifying.
In the same way, Jesus assures us we don’t walk in darkness if we believe in Him. He is the Light, and in Him, there is no darkness at all. At all! (1 John 1:5)
But sometimes we forget this, don’t we?
We go along, taking the Light for granted. We smile indulgently when kids sing about not hiding their light under a bushel. But when it comes to believing that Jesus is the Light of the World, do we live that out?
Maybe not so much. But I know someone who does.
I teach a Bible study at my church on Wednesday nights, and the women there are all different. It’s a wonderful, loving group of women. One woman came two weeks after she put her faith in Jesus. And if there ever was an example of Jesus, the Light in us, it is this woman. When she walks through the door, her excitement is palpable. Her eyes shine, she leans forward, and she wants to know more about God. More, more, more.
It’s not like she never knew about God. She told us she went to church dutifully for years, but nothing clicked.
“Now, I don’t know…it’s like I have this light inside me or something.”
Wow. She’s exactly right. The light of Jesus shines in her like a beacon of hope. That’s the power of Jesus living in us.
Ephesians 5:8 says, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.”
That’s our mission, to live like we are children of the Light. Like my friend does.What does it mean to you that we call Jesus the Light of the World? #lightoftheoworld #jesus #wordnerdwednesday Click To Tweet
Teresa Wells is a wife, mom, and grandma living in Dallas, Texas. A retired educator, Teresa enjoys writing Bible studies and teaching young women in her church. She blogs about this and special needs parenting at www.teresawells.com.