Light of the World

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What does Jesus mean when he says that he is the light of the world?  It certainly doesn’t mean that we would never experience times of darkness.  If it did, none of us would go through difficult times and life would be nothing but good times.  Unfortunately, we know we know that life is often very hard.

Jesus spoke to them again, saying,
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life.”
So the Pharisees said to him,
“You testify on your own behalf,
so your testimony cannot be verified.”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“Even if I do testify on my own behalf, my testimony can be verified,
because I know where I came from and where I am going.
But you do not know where I come from or where I am going.
You judge by appearances, but I do not judge anyone.
And even if I should judge, my judgment is valid,
because I am not alone,
but it is I and the Father who sent me.
Even in your law it is written
that the testimony of two men can be verified.
I testify on my behalf and so does the Father who sent me.”
So they said to him, “Where is your father?”
Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father.
If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
He spoke these words
while teaching in the treasury in the temple area.
But no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

Jesus teaches us that if we believe in him we will not walk in darkness.  But in saying that Jesus does not promise that we will live a trouble-free life.  Instead, he means is that we will have the assurance that the darkness we experience will not leave us broken and lost in despair.  His love will cover us when we are hurting.

Jesus is the light of the world.  Will we let his light shine through us?

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