You step outside and experience a sudden sense of peace as the sun drowns your face in Vitamin D-filled warmth. Then, Jesus’s famous sentence comes to mind: “I am the light of the world.”
This saying can be found in John 8:12 — one of the most popular Bible verses.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this Bible verse is so popular. It doesn’t take long to look at the world around you and notice its many dark aspects: famine, financial instability and a nuclear threat. Just to name a few.
But “I am the light of the world” — one of Jesus’s seven “I Am” statements — should give you hope.
And if you keep reading, you’ll find out why.
“I am the Light of the World”: Light is Life
Light is mysterious and beautiful. A single beam of light can easily be broken down into several colors.
It’s still not clear whether light features waves or particles, but we as humans can’t help but to marvel at it nonetheless.
Light allows us to see what’s in front of us, so it’s an important tool when we travel — especially at night. And it promotes life and growth.
In the same way, Jesus is mysterious: We don’t know everything there is to know about Him. But He’s also beautiful: He leads you safely through your days and helps you to grow. And He offers comfort and warmth that is hard to find elsewhere in this world.
Also, Jesus Christ is goodness epitomized. His goodness dispels the dark, which represents evil.
Picture this: if you carry a lit candle into the darkest room, you will still see a flicker of light. Darkness cannot overcome it, and likewise, evil cannot overcome Jesus.
Jesus has conquered it all. And that should make you feel good in today’s unpredictable world.
Jesus’s Being a Light Aligns with Prophecy
Jews in the Old Testament often associated God with light, which represented His glory.
For instance, there was the pillar of fire that led them through the nighttime wilderness after their escape from Egypt — and then the burning bush where Moses met God.
The psalmist also described God as a light and his salvation in Psalm 27:1. And Isaiah said that God would forever be the reader’s light in Isaiah 60:19.
Prophecies furthermore referred to the future Messiah as a light. For instance, Isaiah said that God’s light had come and that His glory shined in Isaiah 60:1.
These repeated references to light are confirmation that Jesus — who was essentially both God and the Messiah — is the one who saves us and is worthy of glory in our lives.
A Glimpse of Eternity
Not only does Jesus’s light guide you through this life, but He leads you to your future home of heaven. In other words, Jesus provides eternal life.
Just think: with Jesus, death is not the end; it’s the beginning of a newness of life.
Of real, everlasting life.
Jesus will be the lamp of heaven, according to Revelation 21:23, so you’ll never have to experience darkness again.
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