Pastoral reflection on “I AM the Light of the world”
“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” – John 8:12 (NLTSE)
In a world of myriad distractions, false illuminations, and failed hope, someone steps forth and states, “I am the light”! Note that He does not say I am a light, one of many we can choose from. He states, I am the Light.
Light is that by which we see objects distinctly. Without getting into the complexities of light, it’s electromagnetic radiation properties, the speed of light, etc., we would all agree that finding anything devoid of light would be difficult or impossible.
One of my five sons, our family’s adept techie, recently persuaded me to get a Google Mini. From it I can turn on any light in my house with a spoken word. Both my wife and I felt a little silly in the beginning instructing this little saucer shaped device, “Hey Google, turn dining room light on fifty percent.” But it has proven to be quite handy. To be able to walk into a totally darkened room, speak a word, and have instant illumination is, well, cool.
When Jesus made His debut to this world, so much darkness was ruling the day. Those who knew God, had been waiting for someone to turn up the percentage of light. They knew that someone was to come to turn the light on 100%. So when Jesus came to us He states, here I am. I am the light not just of this room, but I am the Light of the World! Wow, no more impaired vision, groping in the darkness, I have come to light things up and give you a way to live. And you’re not living this life on your own but accompanied by the very source of life Himself.
Although theologians may deliberate over and over what is truly conveyed in Scripture, often to have their conclusions conform to their own ideas, many things are said in Scripture with extreme clarity. It is often at this point I would like to say to these “scholars” concerning their commentary, REALLY? Are they saying their light of the world, can only give about 10%?
The darkness has dissipated, light has come. With Christ, now we can see!
“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. – Isaiah 9:2 (NLTSE)
Thank you Oh Lord for being our light. We thank you that we no longer have to stumble around in the darkness. You have so marvelously “lit” things up for us and given each and every one of us direction. How marvelous are your ways. Continue to show us the way and light up our path. Help us O Lord to see what you would have us see with 100% of the light. We know no man has a 100% corner on understanding the Scriptures, but we know One that does! It is you O Lord. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.