[Jesus Is the Light of the World] Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
A number of biblical references speak of Jesus Christ in terms of light. The first chapter of John opens with this reference:
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
One of the remarkable aspects of light is that light dispels darkness. If the smallest candle can dispel or penetrate the depths of darkness, how much greater is the light provided by “the light of the world.” Concerning the coming Messiah, it was prophesied that “those who sat in darkness have seen a great light.” Indeed, those who follow Jesus will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.
As the season approaches celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the lyrics to the familiar gospel song sung so often during this time of the year come to mind: “Jesus, the Light of the World,” the lyrics to which became the inspiration for the following:
Walk in the Light
Walk in the light, the beautiful light.
Come where the dew drops of mercy shine bright,
Shine all around us by day and by night–
Jesus, the Light of the World.
Traditional Gospel Song
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (NKJV)
We begin when we come to Him who alone is the Light
And repent, following a new path immediately.
We now forsake the world and leave behind the chains of night.
We consecrate ourselves to God, set apart wholly
To worship the Lord freely with clean hands and a pure heart,
Formed for His glory, as we develop a strong prayer life.
The Word of God rooted within us will never depart.
We will study the Word of Truth, the lamp that lights our way:
We are fighting against “Biblical illiteracy.”
We will be a voice for God, not just an echo in the crowd.
We are true servants of the Light, despite the endless strife.
We will make a joyful noise and sing His praises out loud.
Looking in the mirror of the Word, we see God’s design.
Now is the time to arise and let our light so shine.
Isaac Cates and Ordained offer a moving rendition of “Jesus, the Light of the World.”
The photo is of Cabo de Palos or Cape Palos, a cape in the Spanish municipality of Cartagena, in the region of Murcia. The lighthouse which began operating in 1865 illustrates the power of light to overcome the darkness of night.