As long as I am in the world, “I am the light of the world”
John 9:5 (ESV)
Thoughts on Today’s Verse
God is Light and He is the Creator of light, the Sustainer of light, the Giver of light and the Light of life. Only the incarnate God can authoritatively proclaim I am the Light of the world. Only He is able to lift the one that is dead in trespasses and sins out of deep darkness into His marvellous light. His light not only shines into our lives to guide our steps through the darkest pit-falls and the heavy gloom of this rebellious world-system, but His pure rays cascade into our hearts and stream into our minds, like a cleansing flood, for He alone is the Well-spring of godly wisdom, the Fountain-head of all spiritual understanding and the perfect Illuminator of spiritual discernment.
When the Lord Jesus walked this earth He was the light of the world. He was the true light that gives light to all who come into the world. He shone the warmth of His light and love in the broken hearts of many. He shone His healing light into the lives of those who were broken in body and disturbed in mind and He shone His redeeming light into the hearts and lives of all who trust in His name for salvation.
Jesus reminded us that while He was on earth He was the light of the world.. but His light still shines in the darkness of this fallen globe for we who have trusted Him for our salvation have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light and His radiance continues to be reflected out to lost souls through the witness of the Church, for we are all members of His mystical body.
In His loving-kindness the Lord Jesus offers the light of His grace freely and abundantly to all that will turn to Him as their Son of righteousness. But light is not only given at the time of rebirth, its cleansing power and refining rays continue to shine into the deep recesses and secret corners of our minds to expose those things that discredit His name, hinder our spiritual progress and disconnect us from our communion with Himself.
God is light – unapproachable light, and yet He has placed His Spirit of light into our hearts to lead us aright; to guide us into all truth and to shine His love into the hearts and lives of all with whom we come in contact. Let us walk in the light as He is in the light and may the light of His presence within each of us, shine through our lives to proclaim to all we meet, the light of the glorious gospel of grace that has been shed abroad in our hearts and lives.
Thank You Father, for lifting me out of the kingdom of darkness into Your glorious kingdom of light. May the light of Your love and grace shine in and through me and may I be used by You as a reflection of the true Light that lights all those that come into the world, in Jesus name, I pray, AMEN.