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Light of the World

starlightI am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8:12)

The Christmas season is the season of lights. What is it about light that fascinates, mesmerizes, and comforts? Especially light in the dark? What does light provide?

In the physical realm:

Light dispels darkness which allows us to see what we are doing and where we are going, enabling us to avoid danger.
Light and warmth go together such as heat produced by sun rays or fire.
Light is life giving—sunlight is required for photosynthesis and sustainable temperatures; plant, animal and human life could not survive in darkness.

So we see that light and life go together. Life cannot be sustained without it.

In the spiritual realm:

Jesus is the light of the world. Without Him we cannot see where we are or where we are going. When lost in spiritual darkness, we cannot see the danger of our sin condition.
His Spirit enlightens our hearts with the truth, comforting us with His Presence.
Jesus is the light of life. If we have Him, we have eternal life.

Jesus is the Light of the World and the Light of Life not just in a spiritual sense but in all realms as well.

“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:16-20)


Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of both earthly and eternal life. Thank you for making Your home in our hearts where we can always warm ourselves in your Presence. And in these uncertain times, we are so grateful to have the “Light of the World” guiding us safely home. Amen.