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)
Man Was Created For Light
Nocturnal creatures live in darkness. They were created to adapt to a world void of light. Man is not such a creature. He lives in the world of the day adapting to the night with technology but limited because he is a creature of light. Spiritually man was created to be in the light not darkness. People have always enjoyed the darkness more than the light because they can hide the wickedness they do. When Jesus came into the world He came as the Light to give man direction. Walking in the day is much easier than walking in the night. Daylight exposes every danger and stumbling block in the way. Life with Christ illuminates the dangers helping us avoid them. Following Jesus as the Light offers peace and comfort because He knows the way and we can see the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Satan is the darkness of the world. Those who follow him will always walk in darkness and will never have the Light. He shadows the lives of those who follow him with dangers and perils unseen. Without light his victims blindly follow him to perdition. Life is hard as people of darkness stumble and fall from one temptation to another. Jesus explained that those who follow in darkness do so because they love the darkness. Because their deeds are evil they do not desire for the light lest their lives be found to be useless. Darkness is their friend. It is also their end.
Walking in the Light means exactly what it says. The one who follows Jesus will have clarity and assurance. He is not afraid of his life because it is clearly seen by God. Trusting in the purity of the Light truth is revealed. Light always dispels darkness. Darkness can never overcome light. Even a small candle can illumine a room of darkness.
Each of our lives is represented by a candle. We do not hide our lives under a basket where darkness dwells. Our light shines forth because we radiate Christ Jesus in our lives. Everyone begins as a candle of light. Most have their light extinguished by the prince of darkness. Obedience to the Lord rekindles that light to be seen as the glory of God overcoming sin. Jesus is our Light and we follow Him. Those who follow Christ will always dwell in the Light. Those who follow Satan will always dwell in the darkness. Light or darkness. Which will you chose?
O Everlasting Light, surpassing all created luminaries: dart the beams of Thy brightness from above and penetrate all the corners of my heart. Purify, beautify and vivify my spirit with all its powers: that I may cleave unto Thee with transports of jubilation. (Thomas A Kempis, Imitation of Christ, 1441)