John 8:12

“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.”

The human psyche is naturally drawn to light, but more than that, we need it. The marble caverns known as the Oregon Caves underscore this in a dramatic way. Once inside, a park ranger guides visitors along until they reach a certain point. Then he shuts off the cavern’s lights. The photometer he’s holding reads the presence of light in the vicinity. It’s zero. This isn’t a problem at first, but eventually the absolute darkness – the total absence of light – will create instability in your mind. Stay longer and it will render you unable to detect right from left, up from down. Disoriented, you lose your way.

 

Today, there are those who are lacking light, unable to navigate the dark world we live in. Yet, into those hearts, into those minds, Jesus shouts, “Follow close beside Me. I am the source of the light you need, and that light I will give to you.” We need not grope about. The God who “dwells in unapproachable light” (1 Timothy 6:16) promises to lead us by His Word into the light of truth, and thus avoid every dangerous path.

 

Following the Son is to obey Him wholeheartedly. A follower of Christ takes His words seriously and imitates His ways. This is why a careful study of the Gospels is vital. Every page illuminates something of Christ’s character, some way that our thoughts and actions need to conform to His, and shows us how to safely walk through this life and into the one to come. Believer, the God of all light will never leave you to stumble in the dark – follow Him.

 

– Pastor Jack

 

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