Day 18

Walking in the Light

John 12:23-36, Proverbs 4:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:5, 1 Peter 2:9-10, 1 John 1:5-10, 1 John 2:8-11

BY Jen Yokel

Section 2: People of the Light

Most of us rarely find ourselves navigating in total darkness. There are always the small lights to guide us where we need to go, even if it’s just the tiny flashlight on our phones, and when we do find ourselves dodging furniture on a midnight trip to the refrigerator, the familiarity we’ve walked in the daytime helps us make our way without getting lost. Even in the darkest winter nights, we don’t need someone to drag us around and shout directions. We have become so familiar with the terrain that we can safely navigate without fear.

This feels true in our everyday lives too. In today’s reading, we see Jesus teaching something a little different than how we often think of the Christian life—keep these rules, do these steps, check these boxes. Most of the time, following Him is less like taking orders and more like making our way with Jesus in the dark.

From the start of His ministry, Jesus made it clear that His role wasn’t what the Jewish people expected. He didn’t come as a conquering king to overthrow Rome. Instead, He spoke of being lifted up—the literal type of death He would die—in order to draw all people to Himself and to God. For so long, His followers assumed that the Messiah would come and reign among them, but when they press Him on the issue, He answers, “The light will be with you only a little longer. Walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn’t overtake you…become children of light” (John 12:35–36).

Instead of a conquering king, He points them to light. And light shows us reality—every clear path, every obstacle. Light, sometimes, is just enough to see by, like the beam of a flashlight cutting through the winter gloom.

When Jesus invites us to become children of light, He invites us to sacrificial love and humility. It means loving our brothers and sisters, because God is love and God is light and “the true light is already shining” (1John 2:8). It means seeking deep familiarity with the reality we’ve been shown, and living as “a people for his possession, so that [we] may proclaim the praises of the one who called [us] out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1Peter 2:9).

And when we walk as Jesus walked, we can re-enter the darkness without fear. Even there, the light still shines.

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69 thoughts on "Walking in the Light"

  1. Saile Guzman says:

    Thank you JESUS for calling us to the light ⭐️. We can’t do this earthly life without YOU. Let your light shine through us and help people SEE it ♥️

  2. Lolly Regan says:

    Lord fill my eyes with the light of life …. That you came for me and other. Fill me with the joy this brings…. I want to experience your joy Lord. Help me.

  3. Alice Swearingen says:

    Jesus’ Light gives me what I need to live in a dark world without fear. This causes me to be totally reliant on Him – the world is a scary place without Jesus.

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  5. Marilyn Jones says:

    I listen to a podcast called Unashamed with Phil and Jas. Today they were talking about the light. When Jesus was born, there was light that come to earth. Now when He died there was 3 hours of darkness. This means when He died the light was gone from earth. I just thought it was funny how what they was talking about is what we are learning about in this advent.

  6. Adrienne McPherson says:

    The light is what allows to walk through darkness and not get stuck or lost!! Gosh a good reminder.

  7. Samantha A says:

    Loved this ♥️

  8. Barbara Isabell says:

    I just join a couple of months ago and I love these studies , and the community of SRT. Thank you all for sharing in the comments the comments and prayers are uplifting. I am praising our Lord for this Advent season and for this community!

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