Devotional Reading: John 8: 12-20. Morning Psalm-5; Evening Psalm-27
Text: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (v. 12)
“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” So begins John’s gospel. In John 8 Jesus identified Himself as the True Light–the One that gives life, real Life; Life that lasts not only a lifetime but beyond. Sadly, John also says that the world “preferred darkness.” (3: 19)
As we look at what is going on around us–war, famine, corruption, stupid poverty* and the like–yes, all around us there seems to be a veil of darkness. The world is a broken place. It seems as if we have each gone to our own little corner and tried to shut out the pain of the world. Yet, we must not forget, that in the beginning God created Light. (Genesis 1). The writer of John’s gospel is very aware of this and that is why he wrote that Jesus is the Light in human form; divine revelation. Later in today’s reading Jesus tells his inquisitors that if they only knew Him, they would also know the Father. (vs. 19)
We who call ourselves followers of Jesus know Him. In this season of Lent, we follow who Jesus must be bearers of His Light. It has been said that the Church is the best hope of the world**. It is time that we left the security of our various corners and became involved in the world around us. We do not need press coverage, we simply need to plant mustard seeds–do the simple things the bring light to the world of another. Be persistent, look out for others and be willing to lose yourself lfor the glory of God.
Lord, in this season of Lent give me the courage to be a bearer of Jesus’ Light. It only takes a candle to dispel the darkness of a room. Let me be that candle. Amen.