"I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.John 12:46(NASB)
At the beginning of Christ's ministry, His identity as the LIGHT of the world was revealed to us. And here, as Jesus nears the end of His time on earth, this theme of illumination is reiterated: "I have come as Light into the world so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness."
God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all, and Jesus was sent by the Father to give light the Gentiles and to enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. He is the very Light of life Who came into the world as God's guiding Light. He came to open our eyes to the truth of His Word and to direct our feet into the path of peace – the way of truth.
Jesus did not simply point us toward the light, but identified Himself as the true, heavenly Light. Jesus used the illustration of light in much of His earthly teaching, and the apostle John and other New Testament authors frequently referred to Christ as 'the Light Who came into the world' and we rejoice to know that darkness can never overcome Him.
A thick darkness has enveloped this fallen world system due to man's sin, and the eyes of every soul born into this sinful race, is shrouded in a deep blackness that can only be removed by the true Light of God Who came into the world in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ – the Light of the world.
Without Christ, the deep darkness of man's inner soul remains blinded to the truth of the glorious gospel of grace, which points to Jesus as the true Light Who alone lights the hearts and minds of all who believe on Him.
While He was in the world the Lord Jesus remained the Light of the world, but those who have been born from above have been instructed to walk in the light as He is in the light, and have been given the responsibility to be salt and light in a fallen world, by pointing the way to Christ.
Two thousand years ago, heavenly Light shone out of the darkness and by God's grace, the beauty of His Light and Life has shone into our hearts and given us the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ.
God's Word of truth continues to unfold Christ's Light into our hearts and into the lives of those who have trusted His sacrificial work on the Cross and glorious Resurrection. His Word is a lamp to our feet and a guiding light along our pathway, for by grace through faith we have been made His children and are called to walk in the light of His love, by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
May the light of His love so shine through each one of us, that men may see our godly deeds, hear the Word of truth, trust in Christ for the forgiveness of sin, and glorify our Father Who is in heaven.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Jesus to be the Light of the world, to enlighten our hearts and enrich our souls. Thank You for opening my eyes and guiding me into the way of truth. May the light of Your love continue to shine brightly in my heart. Guide me, by Your Spirit, to walk and abide in the Light of life, my Saviour, Jesus Christ. This I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.
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