According to John 8:12, “Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, I am the Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but hall have the Light of life”
The following lessons can be learned on how Jesus Christ has become the Light of the world, as proclaimed by Him, from the above passage.
1, Jesus Is The Light Of The Church
Jesus says in Revelation 1:20 that “The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lamp stands; The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lamp stands which you saw are the seven churches”.
2. Jesus Is The Light Of The World
According to Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path”.
We all need light to walk through darkness. In the world we live in, we walk through a dark forest of evil, for example, in our various places of work, in our businesses, in our homes, among our family members, friends, even in the church.
But the WORD (the Bible) can be our light to show us the way so that we do not stumble as we walk. The WORD reveals the entangling root of false values, and philosophies. Study the WORD so that you will be able to see your way clearly enough to stay on the right path.
3. Jesus Is The Light Of The Gospel
2 Corinthians 4:4 says “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the mind of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them”.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is open and reveal to all, except to those who refuse to believe. (Satan is the god of this world (age)). His work is to deceive and he has blinded those who don’t believe in Christ (as in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15). The pursuit of money, power and pleasure blinds people to the light of Christ’s gospel. The people who reject Christ and prefer their own pursuits have made Satan their god, without really realizing it.
4, Jesus Is The Light Of The Believer
According to Psalm 27:1, “The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Fear is a torment. It is a dark shadow that envelops us and ultimately imprisons us within ourselves. Is there anyone among us or out there who has never experience fear before? Each one of us has been a prisoner of fear at one point in time or another, e.g., fear of the unknown (uncertainty), rejection, failure, misunderstanding, being found out, sickness, even fear of death. But we believers can overcome (conquer) fear by using the bright liberating light of the LORD who brings salvation. If we believers want to conquer fear or dispel the darkness of fear, let us remember what David said that “The LORD is my light and my salvation”. Unwavering confidence in God is the believer’s antidote for fear and loneliness.
5. Jesus Is The Light Of The Heavenly Jerusalem
Revelation 21:23 says “The City has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it, The Lamb is its light”.
The Temple, the center of God’s presence among His people, was the primary place of worship. No Temple is needed in the New City. However, because God’s presence will be everywhere, He will be worshiped throughout the City, and nothing will hinder us from being with Him, in Jesus’ Name.
6. Jesus Is The Light Of The Nations
“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined” (Isaiah 9:2).
The territories of Zebulun and Naphtali represent the Northern Kingdom as a whole. These were also the territories that Jesus grew up and often ministered. It was a time of great darkness, which was why would see “a great light”. God indeed promised and sent a Light who would shine on everyone living under the shadow of death. The Light is both “Counselor” and “Mighty God”. This message of hope was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ (which we celebrate at Christmas) and the establishment of His eternal Kingdom. HE came to deliver us from our slavery to sin.
In conclusion, Jesus Christ is the Light which enlightens every person born into this world.
- We must see Him as the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrew 12:2)
- He is the Light in the darkness (John 8:12)
- He is our Lord – We must obey Him (John 13:14-15)
- He is the Shepherd – We must follow Him (John 10:27)
- He is our Master – We must serve Him (Matthew 23: 8-12, Romans 14:18)
- He is the eternal destination we want to reach (1 Corinthians 9:24-25, Philippians 3:12-14)
To follow Jesus implies transformation of life, according to Luke 5:11.
Transformation of life means:
- Humility – Jesus was humble to the grave (John 13: 4-5)
- Commitment – Jesus was totally committed to the Father (John 12:23-26)
- Hard Work – He worked day and night (John 3:2, 4, 6)
- Participation – He participated of people’s sufferings (Matthew 9:36, 14:14)
- Love Unconditionally – Jesus is an epitome of love and He loved constantly (John 13:1, Luke 23:34).
- Suffering – Jesus suffered from the manger to the Cross (1 Peter 3:18)
- Persistence- Jesus remained persistently faithful to the end (Matthew 10:22, 24:13)
TODAY, invite Jesus Christ into your life; to become your leading Light in ALL Ways and everything that you do. Accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior, ask Him to forgive your sins and become the Master and Ruler of your soul from now on. If you have said this prayer, CONGRATULATIONS!
Now look for a Bible believing church in your neighborhood to attend and grow in the Word of God. If you already have Jesus active in your life, always tell others about Him; let them know that He alone is the Light of the World and the Only Light that leads to everlasting life in Heaven.
God bless you
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Tony Francis is from the Middle East. He is grounded in the scriptures and has a licensed degree in biblical studies from MTI, the school of ministry, and a certificate in EPL (effective personal leadership) from LMI. He has authored many books and is the founder of Healed Nations Ministries (www.healednations.com). Tony mentors people in the prophetic and served as the prophetic leader of Patricia King’s ministries. Tony is studying to be a mental health coach.
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