I Am: The Light of the World • Devotion #5: Thankful for the Light

I was raised on a farm, way out in the country, far away from city lights. When the sun went down it was dark, very dark. I vividly remember being ten years old having to go outside and do my evening chores in the barn after dark. I can picture myself standing on the back porch in the safety of the house lights staring at the 300 feet of darkness I would have to cover to make it to the safety of the barn lights. I can still hear my dad saying, “Don’t let the boogie man get you!” I ran as fast as I could to the barn door, leaving the boogie man in my dust! I then had to unlatch the barn door, swing the door open, slam the barn door behind me, and then fumble around in the dark until I could find the light switch. Once the light was on, I was safe! 

I now live on the same farm that I grew up on and I have the joy of sending my kids outside after dark to lock up the chickens for the night. I make sure to remind them to watch out for the boogie man as they run out the door and then watch them out the window as they frantically try to outrun the fears that come with the darkness. In my defense, my children do have headlamps, so they have an advantage over the boogie man that I never had.

It is incredible to me the fears and perceived dangers that darkness brings. There is just something scary about being in complete darkness. Just as incredible is how light has a way of dissolving the uncertainties and fears that darkness may bring. 

I love how Jesus refers to Himself as the “Light of the World.” In John 8:12, we read, “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.’” The Bible speaks of those who have not turned to the Lord for salvation as walking in darkness; and of those who have trusted in Jesus, “the Light of the World,” as being delivered “from the domain of darkness.” In Colossians 1:13-14, Paul writes, “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Jesus, “the Light of the World,” is the only source of freedom from the cursed darkness of this world. Jesus gave His life, shed His blood, and took the punishment for our sins upon Himself. He paid our sin debt and gives us hope of being declared righteous before a holy God. He came to this world as the light, shining in the darkness, preaching that He is the only solution for us in the spiritual darkness of the world. If you have not trusted in Him alone for forgiveness and deliverance from the consequences of your sins, repent and run to Him today. He is the Light you can turn to with confidence!

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