“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – Jesus
Jesus Christ is the light of the world. He is the Source and Revelation of all that is true. When we observe Him we see God as He truly is. When we look at Jesus we also see man as God intended him to be. The question is, how do we walk in the light we have in Christ?
Jesus Christ came into the world making the incredible statement that He was the Light of the world (John 8:12). The primary definition of light is “something that makes vision possible.” By that definition, the coming of Christ enables us to see as we have never seen before. The question is, what does He enable us to see?
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Early in His ministry, Jesus moved from Nazareth to Capernaum. I want you to take a look at what the gospel writer Matthew says about it.
12 Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people dwelling in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,
on them a light has dawned.” Matthew 4:12 – 16
Jesus showed up in town and a great light dawned on those sitting in darkness. Why would this be said of Him?
Have you ever wandered through an unfamiliar room in the dark? How did that turn out for you? My guess is you likely injured yourself in one of several ways. As humorous as that scenario may be (especially when it happens to someone else), it is tragic to think there are countless millions of people who are stumbling through life in utter darkness. Groping and grasping for anything that will provide meaning to their existence, they constantly come up with all the wrong conclusions.
It may seem like a gross understatement, but our world is sick on multiple levels. Fractured relationships abound. It doesn’t matter if you are talking about relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, employers and employees, governments and citizens. Relationships on every level are in a state of decline and decay. Disease continues to run rampant. Crime and poverty seem to be beyond resolve. Economies are unstable, causing a general sense of unrest. And the list goes on…and on… Our world needs healers. Are you one? Have you ever thought about it?