I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12
Have you ever been caught in a storm and the electricity goes off, or have you been on a walk after dark and the battery in the flashlight quits? Jesus declared the words in the verse above for those times when we need a dependable source of light.
This verse starts with the words, “I am.” This is the same name God gives himself when he speaks to Moses in the wilderness. “Tell them I am who I am” (Exodus 3:14). God wants Moses to tell the Israelites that he is the unchanging, covenant-making, promise-keeping God of their fathers. He can be counted on to remain faithful. He alone possesses divine glory. Power is reserved for him alone.
Jesus is making the same statement. I am God’s Son, the Christ whom you have been waiting for. Everything God has proven true about himself is also true for me.
John tells us in the first chapter that life is found in Jesus, and that life is light What does he mean? Jesus is the source of light. He is the one whose energy and power and love never run out. Anything outside of Jesus is darkness. Light is found only in him.
Jesus’ followers are rescued from the destruction that comes in darkness. Light gives life in place of the darkness of death. Anyone who believes in Jesus has the light. They are saved for eternal life.
Those who possess the light are his bright flame to the world. In Matthew 5:16, believers in Jesus are called to let their lights shine before others. We who believe in him are illuminated with his truth and power, glowing with the good news of his message to every culture.
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6).