“I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.”
– John 12:46 NASB
These are words of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Of course, you knew that they were Jesus’ words…because who else talks this way and can get away with it? As British author C. S. Lewis said about Jesus in his World War II radio talks, which were later published in his book Mere Christianity:
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.
In boldly claiming to be the “Light” that penetrates the world’s “darkness,” Jesus was, among other things, claiming to be the fulfillment of God’s promise through Isaiah that we read yesterday:
Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.
Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
– Isaiah 60:1-3 NASB
The Israelites had been waiting over 700 years for Isaiah’s words about light and darkness to be fulfilled. Jesus was leaving no doubt that the time had come.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
O Light of the world, shine on me today! Let Your glory be reflected in my thoughts and words. Let me be Your blessing to the lives of those around me today…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.