“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Jesus, the Light of the World
(Please read John 8:12 and 9:5)
Was it perhaps the spectacle of a glorious golden sunrise over the Mount of Olives that caused Jesus to use the metaphor in our text? We don’t know, but we know he spoke the truth. As the sun is the source of all physical light on earth, so the Son of God provides all spiritual light.
When a benighted world floundered in turmoil and sin, the Light came to save it. People who were stumbling along in the darkness were offered light to guide their way. Then came the One of whom John had written, “There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man” (John 1:9, NAS).
Jesus earlier discussed the moral and spiritual connotations of light and darkness, saying that “everyone who does evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:19). And he added, “But he who practices the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought by God.”
Light either kills or develops vegetation, depending on whether the plant is well rooted and perhaps other factors. The gospel of Christ has a similar effect; some treat it as a fragrance of Christ and to others it has the aroma of death (see 2 Corinthians 2:15).
Let our reaction be to rejoice in the light. Indeed, Jesus also regards his followers as “the light of the world” (see Matthew 5:14-16). Our light is a reflection of the Savior’s illumination gleaming through us. It shines as others see our good works and glorify God. Let us shine!