The Light of the World

December 12th, 2019

12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12 NLT

We are now in the Advent season and it is a good time to review our lives and loves. Advent is a time of looking forward with anticipation and hope. We hope for the second return or advent of Jesus Christ.

That hope is based on our relationship with Him. It is true that God promises a lot of things in His word. Nothing is clearer in scripture then the fact that obedience matters to God. Yes, we are saved by grace but from Genesis to Revelation He calls us to follow Him and obey Him. It’s simple really. Read His word, follow His commands and principles and put Him first. Always put Him first.

Jesus spoke words of hope when He said: “I am the light of the world.” 

Everybody loves light. Most of us prefer light to darkness. Light provides a lot of things including, security, guidance, sight, and freedom from darkness. Most of us have heard this statement of Jesus quoted before or we have read it but there is a condition to the promise for light.

You can have the light but Jesus says: “IF you follow me . . . you won’t have to walk in darkness.” The implication is that if you choose to not follow Him you will eventually wind up in darkness. But why wouldn’t we follow Him? What choices face us that trump a genuine relationship with the Savior of the world.

Jesus also says if we follow Him we will have: “the light that leads to life.” 

There is hope and it is always and only found in Christ. In this month of reflection and anticipation, make sure that nothing is, or comes, between your soul and the Savior.

Wes Humble is the Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations at Liberty HealthShare. He has thirty years of experience in various pastoral and editorial roles, and he is passionate about responding to the spiritual needs of both ministry staff and members.