“When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” - John 8:12
Light is an important word in scripture and when those gathered at the Feast of Tabernacles hear Jesus say these words, they are being invited into deeper promises and challenges even as they are invited to place their faith and belief in Him.
Messiahship - For Jewish people light imagery was closely linked to God, teaching and Messiah. When Jesus proclaims He is the light, He is boldly identifying himself as Messiah - the One who has come to save and will lead his followers in light, life and salvation.
Mission - These verses echo back to the beginning verses
in John, where the light has come into the world. We are reminded God is not remote and distant. God has come to us, to the world and in Jesus the mission of God is realised - an invitation to live lives that radiate the hope God has come to rescue us.
Judgement - Light brings truth. In a world of injustice, the promise of a God who has come to expose the hidden things, the places of oppression and fear is a hopeful and wonderful thing. Jesus has come to bring freedom to all and to expose the things we have falsely put our trust in too.
God, as I sit in your presence today would You remind me
of your salvation. You are the initiator of the rescue and the One in whom I trust. Help me God to participate in your mission in the world today - to be a bearer of light, of truth and to be courageous when I see injustice and live a life with its foundations based on You alone. Amen.
Are there places of darkness in your life? Do you observe injustice around you – in comments and practices that elevate some people above others? Can you make a change today, this week or this month?