Day 10

The Light of the World

from the John reading plan

John 8:1-59, 1 John 1:5-7, Romans 2:25-29

BY Guest Writer

Text: John 8:1-59, 1 John 1:5-7, Romans 2:25-29

I used to be a morning person, when mornings used to be quiet, solitary, slow. This year they’ve been abrupt, noisy, shoving—everything mornings should not be. I am disgruntled while I tie my shoes. It’s barely past 5am. I know mothers and wives and fathers and farmers and workers all over the world wake up this early, but I am self-employed and childless and have convinced myself I’m owed uninterrupted sleep until at least 6am. Our dog does not agree, and in fact, seems to think the fastest way to my heart right now is through her leash. She noses me until I relent and meet her at the front door.

Outside, the moon is a pregnant belly, super and bright, shining the whole still-dark neighborhood over. How strange, I think, that the Son of God would call Himself the “light of the world,” when the most constant earthly source of light disappears every night, then reemerges as varying sizes and shapes, a mere reflection of the original source.

But this morning I remember the pillar of fire by night and the cloud by day (Exodus 13:21-22); I remember the star shining in the east (Matthew 2:1-2), the day the sun stood still (Joshua 10:12-13), and the day the earth went dark (Matthew 27:45-54). I think about how the God of the universe created the orbs and commands them even now. He is the One who sets clouds the size of a man’s fist in the sky and makes it rain for forty days and forty nights (Genesis 7:11-12). Storms cease at the sound of His voice (Mark 4:35-41).

Jesus tells us, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). But the kind of of light He offers, is not of the natural, earthly sort. His light is supernatural and He freely offers it to whomever would follow Him.

Yes, Jesus is the light of the world, but when our hope is in anything or anyone other than Him, the world can go grow terribly dark in a hurry. I tend to believe Jesus is near and present when I can clearly see His hand at work in my life. But when I cannot see Jesus at work in my life, He seems absent, distant and busy, too tied up with more important things—more important people—than me.

But this morning, the supermoon shines a deceptive light on my path, blue, dim, shadowed. Not sunlight, but still of the sun—whether I can see it or not. Walking with the light of the world is like that, too, I think to myself. I am still walking in darkness but I know the light exists.

I come back home to a still, dark, quiet house, with a somewhat less rambunctious pup. She snores beside me on the floor and I drink my coffee slowly, quietly. I have the light of life, I think to myself, even today, in this season that feels dark in many ways. I have the light of life because I follow Jesus, and He never fails to shine, even when His light feels hidden by this world and the brokenness within it.

He is the One, true light of this world—the sun pales in comparison to the light of His presence. Even darkness is not dark to Him (Psalm 139:11-12).

I light a candle and the room, once dark, is light again.


Lore Ferguson Wilbert is a writer, thinker, and learner. She blogs at Sayable, tweets @lorewilbert, and posts photos @loreferguson. She has a husband named Nate, a puppy named Harper Nelle, and too many books to read in one lifetime.

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94 thoughts on "The Light of the World"

  1. K O says:

    Oh praise be to you God. There is such darkness & brokenness around us, but God you have gone before. You are lighting our paths. Jesus I pray you give us more of your presence that we may know you have us, even when we cannot see.

  2. Beth Hinson says:

    All of the darkness in the world works relentlessly to cover up the truth of Jesus. We see in this chapter of John how Jesus repeatedly told them who He was, but yet, they still struggled to believe. These were people who believed in God, but could not see the light of Jesus. In many ways, Jesus uprooted and contradicted the ways and rules they have abided by for so long so for them, it was probably easier to ignore the shining light that was Jesus rather than to change their whole ways. I cover up Jesus’ light when I feel like having a moment to feel sorry for myself or when sin sways me in a specific direction, but He HAS to shine. Our sinful world needs so much more light in it, so instead of ignoring it for selfish purposes, I pray to let His light shine through me. To find His joy in every situation, no matter how much I would rather complain. To be one who sees His light and believes it to be the truth.

  3. Brookejoelle says:

    It’s really good to be reminded that even in seeming darkness/the brokenness we feel living in this world, the light of God is still shining. And it is shining within us because of the beautiful gift of the Holy Spirit.

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  5. kara grace says:

    Reminds me of the song sun and moon by phil wickham :)

  6. Jen Vogel says:

    Lore – May I have permission to reprint this reflection in a resource packet I am developing for the women I lead? It would be distributed throughout the US via email and posted on our ministry website. Feel free to email me.

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