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.” (John 8:12)
The Light Of The World
Today is a day of light. When the world was created it began with light. There was no form. It was only a void. Darkness prevailed over the face of the deep. It was a horrible place. There was no joy. There was no life. It was hopeless. God did not start with the firmament or the land. He did not create anything until He made the most important part of creation – light. Once light was given all else could live including man.
Light existed before creation. In His infinite grace the Lord brought light to a place of void. It changed the world by giving it life because light brings life. Without light we could not exist and the planet we live on would have never survived. But light had to be placed on this earth on the first day of the week.
Today is a day of light. When the world was filled with the void of sin God sent His Son to bring the light of His love. Darkness prevailed over the face of the earth as men struggled to find salvation in their own works and the works of the Law. Since the fall of man there was no hope. The form of man’s existence was perilous without God. The day dawned when a light came into the world that would be brighter than any light man had ever seen. Jesus Christ came as the Light of men. Satan took the Son of God and nailed Him to a cross thinking he had achieved the greatest victory. But then Sunday came. The first day of the week. It was early in the morning on the first day of the week. It was the day when the world was void and without form and darkness filled with earth. And then God said, “Let there be LIGHT” and the Son of God came forth from the grave and shed His brilliance of redemption to all men.
As we worship our Lord today remember that today is a day of light. Jesus conquered the darkness for us so that we may dwell in the light. We do not live in the void of hopelessness but in the glory of His light. Darkness does not hover in our lives because the Light of God has shed abroad in our hearts to shine forth. As He is the Light so must we let our light shine before others. We are beacons of God’s light through Jesus Christ. Today is a day of light. Thank you God for such a Light.
One beam in a dark place hath exceeding much refreshment in it. Blessed be His name for shining upon so dark a heart as mine. (Oliver Cromwell 1599-1658, Letters and Speeches, ed. Carlyle)