Jesus, the light that gives us life
Text: John 8: 12-20
Text verse: John 8:12
This passage mentions that Jesus was in the courtyard of the temple where the sacrificial chests were kept. During the Feast of Tabernacles, the Jews lit four large golden lamps in that room to remind them of the pillar of fire that led their ancestors through the desert.
With this in mind, Jesus says in this passage that He is the light of the world and those who follow Him will never be in darkness, and that they will have the light that gives life.
As the people in the desert followed the pillar of fire into the Promised Land, so to we must follow Jesus, for He leads us to eternal life.
Through this command, Jesus expects us to follow Him with everything we have. We must dedicate ourselves completely to Him just as the people at that time completely trusted and followed the pillar of cloud and pillar of fire.
We must fully obey His Word through the Scripture. The problem is that we do not know the Bible very well and the result is that our lives also often testify that we do not live in this light. We wander off. We follow our own heads only to find ourselves in total darkness. We want to decide for ourselves what is good for us. We decide to follow what is worldly, and before long we are just like the Egyptians in darkness. A darkness that ends in the Red Sea that envelops us… eternal death.
That is why it is important to see Jesus for who He is. Jesus is here at the beginning of the re-creation. Just as He separated the light and darkness at the creation, so Jesus also came to separate the light and darkness through His salvation.
Through Jesus’ coming, the destructive darkness of sin is driven away. Only those who follow Him receive this light, and we will only follow Him when we see the love and grace with which He calls us.
We must see how He entered the sea of darkness on our behalf. He hangs on the cross and says, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
He enters sea of Godlessness on our behalf so that we never have to be forsaken by God.
Jesus entered eternal darkness, so that you and I may receive the eternal light.
Follow Him as the light in your life!