I Am the Light of the World

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… All things came into being through Him…”

In the beginning, darkness covered the earth.  No light.  Anywhere.

“Then God said, ‘Let there be light.’  And there was light.”

Night isn’t really all that dark.  Headlights flash through the gloom, streetlamps shed pools of light on the sidewalks, lights glow behind second-story windows.  Even by the side of a lonely road, miles from any city, you can still see the stars.

“The one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”

The world is in a darkness greater than any earthly night.  It’s like walking in a fog so thick you can’t catch the faintest glimmer of the stars.  The lantern carried by the person next to you is invisible.  You have no idea what road you’re walking down.  And the worst part is that you think you see.

“In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.  The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

And then suddenly you see a point of light that puts all your fantasies of sight to shame.

“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

The Word.  The incarnate Son of God.  The “image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation,” who created all things and holds them together, “did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men.”

“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world.  He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

The Jews refused to believe Him.  He had performed hundreds of miracles, and yet as He stood in the temple treasury that day, they argued and didn’t understand.

Shortly afterward, having just left the temple to escape the stones they were about to throw, He came upon a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked the reason for the man’s blindness; He replied that it was “so that the works of God might be displayed in Him.”

“We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no man can work.  While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”

And then He healed the man.

Afterwards, speaking with the Pharisees, Jesus told them, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”  The Pharisees thought they saw, but they were walking a path of destruction through impenetrable darkness.

The blind man knew he walked in darkness; and he believed, and saw his Savior.

//Scripture quoted/referenced ~ John 1:1-5, 14; Genesis 1:1; 1 John 2:11; Colossians 1:15-17; Philippians 2:7-8; John 8:12-20; John 9:1-5, 37-41//

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