What Does John 12:46 Mean?

"I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.

John 12:46(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

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 to 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 claimed to be incarnate Light. He identified Himself as the true, heavenly Light, Who gives light to every man that comes into the world. 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 had 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 many 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 light of 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 children of the light, 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.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Jesus to be the Light of the world, to enlighten our heart and enrich our soul. 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 our hearts and we pray that You would guide Your people by Your Spirit, to walk as children of the light and to testify of Jesus Christ – so that many men and women may be set free from the tyranny of sin. This I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.

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