Light of the World

 
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ELIZABETH BROOME

 

Scripture Readings: 

John 1:4-5

In him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.

John 8:12

Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”

Isaiah 60:19-20

The sun will no longer be your light by day, and the brightness of the moon will not shine on you. The LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your splendor. 20 Your sun will no longer set, and your moon will not fade; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and the days of your sorrow will be over.

Revelation 22:5

Night will be no more; people will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will give them light, and they will reign forever and ever.


Commentary: 

The Light

As believers, we have confidence that Jesus is the Light of the World. It’s why He came to earth. There are a few characteristics of physical light that I’d like you to consider: light is powerful; it also exposes the truth, and gives security. Have you ever lit a candle in a dark room? It seems cliché to bring this up as an example… but you know it’s true. A mere candle in a dark room is powerful. 

Light also exposes the truth. I’m reminded of the many times I have seen an odd shadow in my house that scares me. As soon as I turn on a light, I realize that I was not actually in any danger. Further, light makes me feel secure. When it’s daytime or there’s light at night, I have confidence that I can see what I need to see and keep myself safe from harm. These physical characteristics of light are true, but we have a Savior Who is greater than even the light of sun. He is the Light of the World. 

Jesus is powerful. Jesus exposes the truth. Jesus gives us security. 

As you hang the lights on your Christmas tree or drive around to view other people’s homes that are fantastically decorated (not mine), I hope you reflect on our Savior who is Light. He is the one Who gives us hope in this life. I cannot help but think of the beginning lyrics for My Hope is Built on Nothing Less: “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus' name. Trust in the Light of the World this Christmas season.


Prayer & Reflection: 

Jesus, You are the Light of the World. You are powerful and give me the hope and security that I need for whatever I may face today. I’m asking in faith that you provide me the ability to trust you even more this season as I am sanctified further by your grace. 

Dallas White