Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
– John 8:12 NASB
Today’s verse will remind you of something else Jesus said – a verse that we focused on several days ago. It was:
“I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.”
– John 12:46 NASB
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, the lights went out. When Jesus came, it was the lights coming back on. If you think my imagery sounds overly dramatic, it’s not. Remember what God said to Adam:
The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
– Genesis 2:16-17 NASB
Note that God said, “…in the day that you eat from it you will surely die” – and that’s just what happened. Adam and Eve didn’t die physically that day – physical death for them would come many years later. But that very day they died spiritually. That is, the creatures became disconnected from their Creator. And that disconnection affected all their descendants. Therefore, God thereafter worked for thousands of years to restore the connection between Himself and humanity…through Jesus Christ.
When Jesus said, “I am the light of the world,” He was announcing that the light that had been removed from human beings in the garden of Eden because of their sin was being turned back on through the forgiveness they could receive through Him.
Jesus shines from heaven in order that the human race might be raised from the dead – the death that came when Adam and Eve broke relationship with God. This resurrection we have in Christ is not merely for when we physically die – God wants us raised in the here and now, too. To be connected to Jesus is to be alive in this world.
(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.)
Dear Creator and Redeemer, thank You for redeeming us from sin and death as well as for creating us in the first place. Let me be awake to You today. Let me be alive in Your presence. Show me now how the otherwise mundane duties of my day can be lived in Your loving sight and for Your righteous pleasure…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.