A couple of years ago, I needed the serial numbers off the back of my television. I got up and stuck my head behind the television, but I could not see the tag. I asked my wife for a light to stick behind the television so that I could see the numbers. Okay, so now I could see the tag, but I could not make out the numbers again. Just then I remembered a friend of mine saying the older you get, the more light you will need to see. I always thought that his saying was just an old tale, but now I realize that I need more light to see. I need light to see lots of things.
John 8:12 reads, “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.’” This is one of Jesus’ statements where He is letting the audience know that He is God. The metaphor used here is that He is the “Light of the World.” It begs the question, so the world is currently in darkness, and He is that light. We need the light so that we can understand where we stand. Jesus came to seek and to save sinners. He is shedding light on our current condition as humans. We need to understand that all humans are born sinners and need Christ to save them from their sins.
John Piper stated, “Jesus being ‘the light of the world’ means the world has no other light than him. If there is going to be a light for the world, it will be Jesus. It is Jesus or darkness. There is no third alternative. No other light. It means, therefore, that all the world and everyone in it needs Jesus as their light.” When you see the light you will realize that we are all sinners in need of Jesus.
The verse goes on to say, “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John further writes in chapter 12 verse 46 (NIV), “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness.” If we decide to have this relationship with Christ we will not have to walk through this physical life in darkness.
Just like I needed the light to be able to see behind my television, we need the light of the world to realize that we are in darkness. If you choose to be in a relationship with Him, we will never stumble because we have the light.