I am the Light of the World

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John 8:12, 9:1-7, John 1:1-18, Genesis 1:1-5

Text: John 8:12, 9:1-7, John 1:1-18, Genesis 1:1-5

This is part of a 10-day series on the person of Christ in the 2016 Lent study.

The older I get, the more I enjoy (that is, “require”) moderate temperatures, my feather pillow, and hot showers—creature comforts. Yet I’m still strangely drawn to watching survival reality shows on TV. That people would choose to endure extreme, potentially fatal, conditions greatly entertains me from the comfort of my couch and extra-large bowl of popcorn. Watching these shows from a safe distance on my cushy perch, I’m reminded of just how vulnerable we humans truly are.

The priorities for survival, regardless of setting, include: finding a clean water source, fashioning some form of shelter, locating food, and building a fire. How fitting then, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, proclaims that He is Life (Colossians 3:4), and He is everything essential for life. He is the Living Water (John 4:10) and the Bread of Life (John 6:35). He is our nourishment (John 15:5) and our shelter (Psalm 91). The One who created us also sustains us, giving us everything we need to survive and even thrive here on earth (2 Peter 1:3-4).

Today we read about another necessity: light. And once again, Jesus does more than provide light for us. Scripture tells us that He Himself is light:

“I am the light of world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
-John 8:12

Hours of watching survival TV shows have taught me that those first precious hours “on the island,” so to speak, are spent using whatever means necessary to start fire. Once burning steadily, the fire provides warmth and a means of cooking food, protection from dangerous enemies, and yes, light. But bringing physical sight into the darkness isn’t all that light gives us. Our need for illumination goes so much deeper.

Like the man born without sight in John chapter 9, we are spiritually blind, powerless to overcome the darkness. But when Jesus comes near and turns our hearts toward Him, we are given a new kind of sight (2 Corinthians 3:16). In Christ’s presence, we are able to see the world as it truly is. We also begin to see peopleall peopleas made in the image of God, full of dignity and worth. By His Spirit, the Savior opens our eyes to eternal things, teaching us to walk by faith, not by physical sight (2 Corinthians 4:18, 5:7).

You and I aren’t stranded on a desert island today (at least I hope not!), but we are desperate for light all the same. Only the light of Jesus can give us sight, revealing the depth of our sin and the vastness of His grace. Only the light of Jesus cannot be overcome by the darkness (John 1:5).

Father, You are good, and Your provision is perfect. Draw us near to Jesus, the Light of the world, for warmth, for healing, and for life. Amen.

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  1. Elizabeth H says:

    Wow… I never want to look at people the same way again. I have grown up in the church and some times I take for granted his grace and mercy. I am starting s new job and I want too see every person as a story waiting to b told. But before I can do that I need to ask GOD to see my story. I haven’t been spending the time with GOD Yvan I need to be. I have hardly been spending anytime with him. Since I got married, I haven’t figured out a balance to it all. I only get a few moments with my handsome at night since I work two jobs. I have been choice him over time with god. I need to find the good health balance. Pleas pray for me.

    1. Melinda says:

      Elizabeth- I am praying for you as you find time for the Lord in this season of your life! I have only learned the importance and precious time to press into the Lord in busy times these last few months, and I have hungered and craved his Word! I pray now that you would make time for Him and His sweet word, as He provides you blessings in your marriage and job by going to Him first! He never fails, and He wants you to run to His arms!

    2. Kristen says:

      Elizabeth, life can be so busy! Can you take time on the way to/from your work or on a lunch break to listen to praise music, pray, listen to scripture? These “stolen moments” with the Lord can be so beautiful and refreshing.

  2. Ashley says:

    In Christ’s presence, we are able to see the world as it truly is. We also begin to see people—all people—as made in the image of God, full of dignity and worth. By His Spirit, the Savior opens our eyes to eternal things, teaching us to walk by faith, not by physical sight. This is such an amazing and beautiful thing. If I hadn’t been saved by Christ soon before I met Bryan, I don’t think I would have the life that I do today. I sold/gave away everything I had to move into a 42ft. RV. We have moved eight times in less than a year. I haven’t consistently been in one church or around the same group of people. The old me would be stressed out, homesick, and downright miserable. However, thanks to God for teaching me to live by faith and not by sight. Now, I can wake up each day so grateful for what I have and for all that He has blessed me with. I can be an enjoyable, fun, and respectful wife, I can spend time with God daily, I get to travel the world with my best friend, and I get to meet so many different people, see different cultures, and influence people who I never would have met if I would have lived my life inside of my comfort zone. Praise God for taking me out of, and keeping me out of, my comfort zone, for it is here that I will truly prosper and live out His will. AMEN!

  3. leah says:

    “in Christ’s predvence we begin to see the world for what it really is and people” so true Lord shed light on my situation I need the illumination of your truth

  4. Jesus is not just all I need. He is MORE than enough. Resting in this truth today.

  5. Sam says:

    First post on here, been following over a year. I need advice from some strong women. My boyfriend and I have been together a little less than a year, with the intention of marrying. I have always felt he was the one for me. But he was unfaithful. In the worst way, and we were waiting for marriage. I’m torn with what to do since he has repented for his sin and wants to change. Any help? The Lord has been forever faithful and shown me that I will be okay through this. I just don’t know if we can fix the damage

    1. Celeste says:

      Sam, I felt compelled to reply to your post this morning. I have been married for 13 years and have five children with my dear husband. While we don’t have a “perfect” marriage, we have made a practice of surrounding ourselves with people who challenge our faith and hold us accountable in our marriage. During seasons of challenge in our marriage, my husband has sought counsel from men he knows will shoot straight with him, who won’t hold back and who will hold his feet to the fire, our marriage is just too important. My encouragement for you is that if you both truly believe that marriage is your future, I would immediately start meeting with your pastor and get connected to a mentor couple and I would ask your boyfriend to be transparent with these individuals about his sin and ask for accountability and for guidance in your relationship. I believe healing can take place for you both, but it will take time and trust will need to be built up once again. Gaining wisdom and insight from other seasoned couples who at following the Lord will benefit your relationship greatly. I prayed for you this morning. I’m sorry you are walking this difficult path, but I trust the Lord will guide you and give you peace as you seek His will in this relationship. God bless you, Sam!

    2. jessiechatchat says:

      Praying for clarity and vision for you, Sam. For strength and hope for whatever is ahead. That Jesus would continue to be your light. That your heart and future would be protected. Infidelity has so many roots. Sometimes it shows a wrongheaded view of the purpose of sex and a damaged view of women. I echo Celeste and also strongly recommend seeing a Christian counselor (many have sliding scale rates). Both together if you decide to move forward and just for your own heart.

    3. Jennifer says:

      I agree with all that these ladies have said. I’m so sorry for your pain. I know it is deep and so confusing. I’m praying for you. If you continue in the relationship, it is imperative that you seek counsel from your pastor and/or a Christian counselor. Here is a website that might be helpful to you


    4. Shari says:

      Sam, my heart breaks for you as I have been right where you are. At age 19 I was engaged to marry a young man. We were waiting until marriage to have sex but he had sex with another woman. He was a Christian and asked for forgiveness from God and myself. It was a hard, hard road with lots of love and support from my minister and friends. I finally was able to forgive him, but ultimately I decided to end it with him. I decided that the marriage I hoped to have for the rest of my life, didn’t start out this way. I went on to search for that husband that would give me the marriage I’d hoped for. God blessed me with my husband and we’ve been married 26 years. My marriage is not perfect by any means but I believe God had more in mind for me than a union with a man I couldn’t trust. I’m not encouraging you to leave your boyfriend, but I do want you to know that being a Christian does not mean you must stay with him. You do have to forgive him, but sin does have consequences. Marriage is a long tough road even without the problems of starting out with trust issues. Mostly, I pray you will ask God HIS plan for you in marriage. I also pray He will give you real clarity on those plans. Listen to the Spirit and He will guide you. Prayers to you, Sam. I’m praying for you a happy marriage with the right man, whoever God chooses that to be.

    5. Beth says:

      And, Sam, no matter what, I pray that you know that this is not your fault. It is definitely worth waiting for marriage–that is a precious gift you can give to your husband. Whether you stay with your boyfriend or move on, please don’t think you could have avoided all of this by being more physically intimate sooner. There will almost certainly be times in your marriage when physical intimacy is impossible (sickness, travel, etc) and it communicates a lot to your future husband that you will be faithful during those times or during times of temptation when you choose to wait even when it’s hard (and vice versa). At the same time, God is a redeemer. He will take broken situations and make them new. He will grow us if we are willing to grow. Intimacy is a hot button issue for you now because it’s something you know to care about, but over the long years of marriage, you bump into multitudes of things to care about. More than someone who “behaves” about the issue that’s intense for you now, I pray for you someone who continually grows in his relationship with God so he responds with wisdom to the situations that come. God sees you. He knows you. He loves you. He is for you.

      1. Beth says:

        I re-read my comment and just wanted to be clear that I’m not saying this is not an important issue, faithfulness is always an important issue in a relationship. I was more trying to say that I am praying more for you than just someone who is physically faithful to you–I’m praying for someone who can turn to his relationship with God to figure out what to do when the rules aren’t as easy or straightforward as faithfulness.

    6. Katy says:

      I love the comment above that was made, as a christian you do HAVE to forgive. But it’s very important to understand that you are not married to this man and you don’t have to restore that relationship. What we can see of sin outwardly is always a symptom of the “roots” of that sin as someone put it earlier, those roots go deep and are usually far reaching. Jesus can definitely heal him and redeem him, I’m not saying that he’s ruined or past the point of redemption. Not at all. But–you aren’t married yet and you don’t have to walk into a covenant relationship with someone who has some intense roots of sin that are going to be very far reaching for both of you. I hope it’s ok, but I read your comment to my husband. He is a solid believer and pastor and his advice for you was “Run.” You boyfriend and you both could benefit from counseling for sure, but you don’t have to walk in that together. I know this was really straight forward advice, I just want you to know that because you aren’t married you still have a choice. Just because you intended to be married one day doesn’t mean that you have to stay, this also isn’t the relationship that you thought you were heading towards, and I’m guessing this situation has revealed more about this man then just this isolated sin.

      1. Jennifer says:

        Katy- I love every bit of your comment. My instinct was to say “run” as well. I thought it sounded harsh, but sin is harsh! And yes, Sam, you are not in a covenant relationship with your boyfriend yet. Marriage is hard, and the choices a couple makes while dating absolutely effects their marriage forever. Jesus has taken care of all of our sins on the cross, but there are always consequences left after sin while we are here on this earth. I’m still praying for you, Sam! You have been on my heart. As you can see from all these responses, you have a lot of women concerned for you and praying for you. I hope you have seen all these comments :)

  6. Heather Clement says:

    Nothing in Scripture is accidental – it is all perfectly timed, and I’m always amazed at how all of the pieces of Scripture come together and bring deeper meaning to God’s Word. Take this instance where Jesus declares Himself to be “the Light of the world” in John 8:

    Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (v. 12)

    When the Israelites were escaping Egypt and being led to the Promised Land, they followed the Lord in a pillar of fire. Now Jesus is telling them that whoever follows Him will NEVER walk in darkness. He is offering deliverance here that far exceeds the deliverance they experienced in the wilderness. This deliverance is eternal in nature. It brings light and life and breaks the bondage of sin and death.

    It’s no coincidence that Jesus chose this particular time – the lamp lighting ceremony – to use the picture of light to express His identity as the Light of the World. Isn’t that rich?

    We don’t have to stumble around in the dark, feeling our way through life. I love these words:

    “Light is beautiful and mysterious—like God. It is one but can be separated into many colors. No one knows if light is made up of particles or waves. In addition light has many functions that makes it a good symbol for Jesus. Light helps us see things. Jesus gives us the truth about God and about life, our origin, and our destiny. Light guides us as we travel. Jesus guides us safely through life to our heavenly home. Light promotes growth and life. Jesus brings us everlasting life. Light warms and comforts. Jesus welcomes us and calms us. Light prevents crime. Jesus is goodness itself. Light dispels darkness, which stands for evil. Jesus pierces the darkness of sin and death and conquers them. All the darkness in the world cannot put out one candle flame. Jesus cannot be overcome by evil.”

    Jesus, illumine me.

    1. Jolie says:

      Wonderful! Thanks for this! I was also thinking of the of firepillar

  7. Lisa Dawn says:

    Realizing lately that having light shone into our lives is not always a comfortable thing, especially as it (He) reveals the ugliness that we can so easily hide in the darkness. But the reality is that until sin is brought into the light, it festers in the darkness. Having the depths of our sinful hearts revealed to us in the light is obviously not a fun thing but it is in the light that we truly experience life. And all this is best done in community, which is sometimes the hardest part. Maybe I can admit my weaknesses and my sin to myself and God, but when it’s put out there for others to see, it’s that much more humbling. I praise God for His Body, fellow Jesus followers who have accepted me in all my ugly sinfulness and have been willing to walk with me as I strive to become more like Christ. May the darkness not overcome us and may our sin not be given the power to continue and thrive in that darkness. We need each other as we allow these things to come into the light.

  8. Kellee says:

    This was such a timely message for me after a long day. We just got home from a week long vacation, with a lot of things going wrong today. Nothing earth shattering, just little thing upon little thing. What a precious reminder that Jesus is my Light at all times.

  9. Cecelia says:

    After a being at a wonderful 28 hr prayer and worship conference this weekend, I was on a spiritual high. I was overwhelmed by God’s love for me and ready to light sparks in my family. Today was the third day of a screeching/teething baby, making food, cleaning up, dealing with the other kids’ squabbles and I feel like the light I had has been all but extinguished. In three days of my ‘real’ life? All fire gone!? And then I read these verses and I bow low. For HE is my light. A light that can never be extinguished. I am once again overwhelmed by Gods love for me even in the midst of my less than stellar everyday.

  10. Miranda says:

    Appreciate all the scripture in this series!

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      Grateful for you, Miranda! Thanks for joining us today!


  11. Tiari says:

    After a social media binge last night, I was swallowed by the darkness of discontentment in my life and found myself longing for more. I overlooked the blessing of being called to serve in my home, longing to do “big” things for God as I see so many amazing women doing these days. But today I’m so grateful that He has not only reminded me hat He is the Light in my life, but that He IS the Light. When I pursue Him I have everything I need. In Him I have contentment with where I am and what I’m doing right here, right now. Praying that we as wives and mothers may find our satisfaction and contentment in simply being Daughters of The Most High and followers of Christ. May we rest in Him today and allow His light to give us sight to see that all we’re doing right now is enough for Him. Amen!

    1. Elizabeth says:

      Did the same thing last night as well, with a little online window shopping. But your words ring truth. God’s provision is perfect! He is ALL we need. Needed this reminder today.

  12. Charlie says:

    ‘Father, you are good and your provision is perfect.’
    The simple truth of this statement rocked me!

  13. LizzieB85 says:

    My husband has a demanding job, he is treasurer of our church, & is currently working on his MBA. We have 14 month old twin boys. I spend most of my days & nights with the boys. I do have bible study & my own ministry work so I am not totally isolated, but parenting alone can be so hard! Sometimes I find myself throwing myself little pity parties that include unfairly labeling my husband. I pray that the Light of the World will illuminate my situation as it really is & my husband as who he really is. NOT what I make them out to be. I need this so much in this stage of our lives.

    1. Tiari says:

      Praying for the same thing today.. May we be content in our calls to our homes and allow the Lord to be our strength and our everything!! Amen!

    2. jessiechatchat says:

      Right there with you! Thank you for setting the example, calling “time” on the pity party. I’ll do the same!

  14. Kim says:

    “In Christ’s presence, we are able to see the world as it truly is.”

    This past summer my family were able to tour a cave. At the halfway point, they shut off the lights and you stand in the complete and utter dark. The guide then told a story of one of the early cave explorers who used a candle. He dropped the candle and of course, was without light. When his rescuers found him, he was leaning against a wall. However, he thought he had been lying on the ground. Apparently when we don’t have light we lose our orientation b/c we don’t have a reference point.
    During our tour, I found this tidbit very interesting but had not tied it to my walk with Christ until this morning. When I concentrate on the darkness or the trials going on around me, I not only get turned around but upside down too! But when I lift my eyes to the things of heaven, when I seek the face of Jesus, the light of the world, then I am righted and my spiritual orientation has it’s anchor point.
    My translation says “The light shines through the darkness and the darkness can NEVER extinguish it.” Rejoicing in this today! And praying that I may reflect this light into our dark world today!! Go with God today sisters!

    1. Katie says:

      Powerful visual! Thanks for sharing! :)

    2. AmyBB says:

      Love this. Truly, when we focus on Him… Everything changes. Praise be to God…

  15. Kristine says:

    I really appreciated the illustration of how God meets our “survival” needs as if on a desert island! it was a great way to explain the basic needs, with the verses to support it. and a need for light, as my eyes get a little older, is more necessary, and praise Him for being that spiritual light, brightening up the darkest spaces of my heart the same way the trio of lights by my couch provide brightness to my room. I often envision the light from heaven shining down on me as I pray, almost feeling the warmth on my face. it feels like such a blessing to be able to envision that. :)

  16. Cassidy says:

    Hi all!! So the first time I read Genesis 1:1-2 I honestly just kind of skimmed over it without much thought, but then as I read back through it with a friend she challenged me to stop and think about that picture that is painted for us. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Just imagine a world that is dark and God is just hovering over all the waters…what a peace that gives me!! He calls us out upon those waters, but He is right there, hovering and ready to guide us through. I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday. So thankful for all of your comments, it just drives the scripture home even more to see how it has been applied/viewed in other sisters lives :)

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      Love this, Cassidy! Thanks for sharing today!


  17. K says:

    Super thankful today that my veil has been removed and for that verse. Thinking of so many who still have their veil on but the Father wants to remove it. May I be faithful because He is SO faithful, to be used by Him in the removal of veils!!

  18. Diane Huntsman says:

    Ps one of those four children of whom I spoke of is currently taking Bible college courses with 12 other students in Australia, on the other side of the world from her home in California.. She is very homesick and has 2 1/2 months left.. If you feel led to pray for her, I invite you to do so! It’s her first time away, she just turned 19. Thank you!

    1. Dawn says:

      Diane, I live in Sydney & go to Hillsong IChurch Church

      1. Diane Huntsman says:

        Oh wow!! She is in New Castle!! How far are you from there??

      2. Diane Huntsman says:

        Oh wow!! She is in New Castle! How far are you??

    2. Mimi Sterenberg says:

      Praying for my sweet friend in Australia!

  19. Diane Huntsman says:

    Jesus came to His own and His own rejected Him.. I’m so incredibly grateful that Jesus saved me and empowered me to say yes to His invitation.. I’ve raised 4 children under His power and influence.. Coming out of extreme dysfunction He enabled me to end that dysfunction and not repeat abusive cycles and point my children to Him.. They are all adults now living lives as followers of Christ.. It’s not always been that way, they’ve made wrong turns and gone down dark roads, but the foundation was laid, they returned to their first love.. I just want to encourage moms to keep the main things the main things.. Your kids souls matter more than their academics, their musical talents and their sports.. Teaching them truth, reading the Bible together and praying over them and with them is what is most vital in all your business.. We are all called to be “Johns” the ones who bear witness of the Light.. It starts with our own lives bearing witness and then teaching our kids the same purpose through our example and our words.. We need the next generation filled with truth in these dark and watered down days! The war isn’t going to cease from its rage, we must raise up soldiers to fight the good fight and light up this pitch black darkened globe! Go moms! You’ve been entrusted with lives, you are equipped with Jesus so you got this!

    1. Angela says:

      Thanks for the encouragement, Diane! I have these same thoughts all the time. It’s so nice to hear someone else put them into words. Praying for your daughter in Australia.

    2. Kim says:

      SOOO thankful your encouraging and strengthening words!!! May you be blessed for and in your own life of example and faith.

  20. Rochelle says:

    Though ive read John 1 many times, I really loved reading it today within the context of Jesus being the Light. The bible is so full of these types of repeating themes, metaphors and literal connections…makes unpacking the Word so exciting and fulfilling for me.

  21. Caroline says:

    Thank you Lord that we can have sight even when everything is dark in front of us. Thank you for being the LIGHT for us!


  22. Midge says:

    Thank you all for your comments. I appreciate your transparency. Struggling today with many feelings and emotions related to self-worth. Needed our revival message, as well as today’s analogy that Christ is everything to sustain life. If it was not for Christ, I would not have hope. So thankful for a loving God. Phil 4:4-9.

  23. Manda says:

    It’s so reassuring to know that even when we experience darkness of fear and doubt and unknown, the darkness will not overtake us if we cling to the Light of the World. It can’t because it has already been defeated! Clinging to the Light today.

  24. Adrienne says:

    “We also begin to see people—all people—as made in the image of God, full of dignity and worth.” That’s such a good reminder, because sometimes I struggle with pride, thinking I’m better than others. Other times it goes the other way–I question my worth and abilities. With the light of Jesus, we can remember that ALL PEOPLE are made with a purpose. Praise His name!

    1. Rochelle says:

      I struggle with this, too! Praise Jesus for his patience and grace with us. Over and over.

    2. Marlaena says:

      I loved that phrase as well! I am currently training to be a midwife and so much of our program desires dignity and worth. I am currently struggling with how to be true to this concept, true to my belief in what is sin and how it all relates to the ever present “praise” if you will of so-called oppressed people groups such as LGTBQ that is happening in my classes right now. Prayers appreciated!

      1. Megan says:

        Just prayed for you Marlaena. May your new job be an opportunity for ministry and may God give you guidance and discernment through this time.

      2. Laura says:

        Hey Marlaena! I think that is the KEY! I grew up in circles that spoke in very hateful ways about non-heterosexual people. Over the last few years, I’ve been really convicted about the fact that they are all people who are so loved by God, made in His image and I am convinced (now) He cares SOOOOO much more about us loving them then being “right” about them. This conviction still leaves a lot of questions unanswered, but I think that’s where God wants me to start. I think some people get so wound up about all of it, they feel like it’s sin or approval to even acknowledge that God loves them and they’re made in Him image. But that’s simply not so. In fact, I think that would grieve God’s heart. He loves people. He desires that no one should perish. I don’t know what all they’re saying in your classes, but I bet you can agree with a lot of it as a Jesus follower. Maybe even champion it?

  25. Martha says:

    What was so powerful to me this morning as I read John 1:1-5, was in verse 5, the light-which is Jesus, shines in the darkness, and the darkness has NOT overcome it. Hallelujah! Light has the victory! Where there is the light, there will be no darkness!

  26. Mandy says:

    I love at the end, “draw me near to Jesus for healing.” I tend to pray for guidance and protection but I realize never for healing. At this time in my life, I feel very broken. This is a great reminder that I’m not going to be broken forever. My savior can truly heal me in ways nothing on earth can. SRT has been such a blessing lately reminding me of things I know but often completely forget about. Praise to be to God for He is truly wonderful!!

    1. Kristi says:


    2. Megan says:

      Amen! This spoke to me deeply. Thank you for sharing!

  27. Mary Kyle says:

    Praise be to God…our light-giver, our life-giver!

  28. Shannon says:

    John 9:1-7 is one of my favorite passages. My daughter was born with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and against what some Christians would want us to believe, God’s Word tells us here that sometimes these things happen so that the works of God might be displayed in us. John 1:3 tells me that ALL things were made through Him, including my daughter. 2 Corinthians 4:18 reminds me to look beyond the illness that I see everyday to look for the eternal, unseen things. Jesus is the Light of the world! I don’t want to get so caught up in my circumstances that I waste opportunities to point others to Jesus so that their veil may be removed.

    1. Heather (MNmomma) says:

      Amen! Such powerful truths!!!!

    2. Rochelle says:

      Amen! God is working through you and your orcious baby girl! Love your comment today.

    3. Rochelle says:

      ** precious baby girl

    4. Elaine says:

      Amen Shannon! Thanks for that reminder. My little girl has severe developmental delays and your words touched me deeply today.

    5. andrea says:

      Amen. I admire your perspective & totally agree with you.

  29. Sooz says:

    I love the illustration that Jesus is all things needed for life as indeed He is!

    1. Tamara B says:

      Love that too!

  30. Tina says:

    I don’t know…any more rain here and i suspect the small village i live in could for sure become an island. .!!!!

    Seriously though..right now all I can do is Praise God for the gift of His Son Jesus, who without a doubt, to me, is truly Light to an ever growing dark world…Thank God for the pockets of His Light that see us through the darkness…
    Singing along to this song that reminds me together with Vivian s words that I have nothing to fear, though at a cost, as long as Jesus is my Light , my way, my Truth…Amen.


    Happy Wednesday Sisters. ..xxx

  31. Grace Castro says:

    great insight Juliefay! Jesus is the true light of the world. That light brings salvation to those in darkness and their lives are forever transformed.

  32. Kathy says:

    We live way out in the country where there are no street lights, city lights, etc. I remember one night when it stormed and we lost power. I never realized until then just how much light we receive at night from the stars because it was black as pitch. I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face. I was standing in our bedroom when my husband came down the hall with a flashlight. All of a sudden I could see again. The darkness fled. Things were illuminated. It was amazing how much light there was from that small flashlight. The darkness couldn’t over come it.
    Jesus does the same for us. We are standing in a pitch black world and He comes and gives us light through His life. John Piper has a wonderful sermon on this scripture (http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/i-am-the-light-of-the-world). He says that “everything looks different in the light of Christ. His light helps us bear the sorrows of darkness. It will be a soft glow to comfort you after a devastating loss. It will be a lamp on your path and it will reveal the face of a wise and loving God behind every frowning providence.”
    Our world is such a dark place and seems to get darker every day. There are so many people walking around in the darkness and we have the light that will help them see. I pray that the Lord will raise up warriors that will be light-bearers to this world. I pray that He gives all of us a passion and burning desire to bring the lost into this light.
    Elle Holcomb has a wonderful song about light. Here’s a link to it – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-5axIcYFVA
    Have a blessed and light-filled day!

    1. April says:

      Thank you so much for sharing this sermon! What a blessing.

  33. churchmouse says:

    Powerful words from Scripture and Vivian this morning. Sitting with the thought that the Light of the world opens our eyes to see that which cannot be seen – eternal things. He tells us to walk by faith, not by sight, because faith in Jesus, the Light of the world, is, for believers, as real and solid as that which we can see in the natural. A heady thought. Faith in the Light is essential for life. Amen!

    1. K says:

      Love this! To believers, Jesus is As real and solid as that which we can see in the natural. So true and so thankful!

  34. candacejo says:

    “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.…” 1 John 5-7.

    IF we walk in the Light…We have fellowship with one another, we have fellowship with GOD, and His blood cleanses us from all sin. If we have fellowship with darkness then we have no fellowship with Him. We cannot continually walk in darkness and in the Light, it just does not work.

    Praying today that we flee the darkness and follow Jesus, the Light of the world. ♥

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  35. Juliefay says:

    This was great! Thinking about physical light during Jesus’ death and resurrection It’s neat to see how darkness came over the earth and then even as He was in the tomb it was at the dark hours of the morning that the ladies found it empty. He rose again during the darkest hours! I think it’s neat to see how the LIGHT will not be overcome by darkness…rather overcomes it! Sin and death are not to reign – on the One who said ‘Let there be light!!!’

    1. Kelly S says:

      So insightful! Today promises to be bright and sunny in my area. I will rejoice in the Light as I see the brightness and feel the warmth.

    2. Kim says:

      Love this insight – thank you!

    3. Natalia says:

      Thanks for sharing!!