Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World.” (John 8:12)
Our premise for this series of postings is both simple and profound. In the beginning God said “Let there be light!” From that moment it has been His will that all creation serve as a revelation of His love to those He has created.
Paul tells us that God has shown what He is like by everything He has created — “the invisible things of Him are clearly seen in the things that are made” ( Rom.1:20). God is powerful. God is thoughtful. God is awesome. We see all this and more in creation. But God, in all and above all, is LOVE — that’s the one thing He wants us to know above all others.
And that is the life-force behind, ”Let there be Light!” Or, in other words, “Let there be a revelation of My love!” All creation is now marshaled in a concerted compliance with that single decree.
And, the crowning moment in the unfolding process of that singular revelation happened when Jesus came. Paul tells us that Jesus was “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). Jesus Himself said, “He that has seen me has seen the Father.” On one occasion when speaking to a large crowd gathered in Jerusalem, Jesus said “I am the light of the world.”
We have heard the Old Testament decree – “Let there be Light!” — which means, “Let there be a revelation of My Love.” And now we hear the New Testament reply – “I am the Light of the world!” In other words Jesus is saying, “I am the revelation of My Father’s love.” Indeed, truer words were never spoken.
At last we have a sure and unmistakable display of the one thing God has wanted all along — LIGHT shining in the darkness; God’s love triumphing over all evil. Everything Jesus said and did was a demonstration of the overwhelming power of God’s love in every circumstance!
When Jesus healed the sick — that was God’s love in action. When He cast out demons, opened the eyes of the blind, raised the dead, turned water into wine — that was God’s love on display. When He rebuked self-righteousness and confronted those who stood in judgement over others — that also was a revelation of God’s love.
Jesus is the Light of the World.
My friend, God loves you. Yet, it is possible that sin may have so wrecked your life that you cannot see God’s love for you in the things that are around you in your world. But, if you will only look to Jesus then the scales will fall from your eyes and you will see clearly the great love of God for YOU!
“The people who lived in darkness have seen a bright light. Yes, a light has risen for those who live in a land overshadowed by death” (Matthew 4:16, God’s Word Translation). We will talk more about this tomorrow…