I tend to appreciate the simple things in life. I still enjoy having a flashlight with me whenever I have my phone. It often takes me a moment to even remember that my phone is a flashlight. When I worked midnight security during my seminary days, I always had a “mini-mag lite” with me. Often I had to wander through dark halls and offices when it was quicker to use a flashlight than go back and forth between light switches.
Light helps us find our way. Jesus uses light as a perfect image of who He is:
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” John 8:12
“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:5
Jesus helps us find our way!
Light is a picture of righteousness. It conveys an open, honest, and transparent view. It implies the concept of not hiding anything. It portrays an element of real and genuine. However, darkness reeks of evil, ignorance, and confusion.
In John 1:4-5, Jesus is described as light, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Verse 9 continues the picture, “The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” John picks up the conversation in chapter 12, “So Jesus said to them, ‘The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going’” (verse 35). He continues in verse 46, “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.”
Jesus is the light of the world. We need to walk in the light. We need to walk in righteousness because of what He has done and is doing for us. The problem is that sin is fun for a season. John 3:19 says, “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” Sin is tempting, but it is not worth it. The consequences kill. In 1 John 1:6-7, we read, “If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
We need to walk in the light of our salvation. We need to walk in the footsteps of our Savior.
Jesus is the light of the world. The way we know Jesus is through the Word. In Psalm 119:105, God’s Word is said to be able to help our steps for today and the future, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle (or use the flashlight on your phone). Walk where God directs. Be courageous. Be real. Be Christian.