I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life; John 8:12b
ll too soon the carefree days of summer have quickly slipped away from us and already we feel not only a chill in the air but the dispelling of light by an ever increasing darkness in nature. The light of the sun has dimmed to but a distant brightness and its warmth has cooled. We deeply feel this loss of light in our bodies but this darkness is not just in nature but especially in our souls that have been estranged from the God who created us. Our deep fall in father Adam has produced an ever increasing spiritual darkness in our souls that we cannot humanly provide a remedy for. But, if the Lord in His sovereign grace and mercy regenerates us and implants His uncreated light into our sinful darkness, we can clearly seen His Light of the world with the eye of faith.
Once again we are in the midst of the holiday season and if we are not careful, we can easily become entrapped by the glitter and artificial light of the world’s celebration of a Christ less Christmas. The merchants of Vanity Fair have endless things to seize our attention, in order to fill up our one thing needful that money cannot buy, light to distill into our souls.
Let us consider what this true Light is as recorded in Holy Scripture. The fist element of creation was the calling into existence by God, Electro Magnetic Radiant Energy, which we call light. This created light not only was the substance God used for forming the rest of creation but is a reflection of who He is as the Apostle John speaks of in our text and also in John 1:5ff “the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”
In this season of Christmas, in which we call to remembrance the incarnation of the Son of God, let our attention be focused on our Lord Jesus, who is indeed the Light of the world and without Him, as with creations light, all is utter darkness and all will soon die. All life depends on light and if we have been regenerated by the Holy Ghost, we keenly feel our great need for the Light of the world.
As in nature, the Moon reflects the light of the sun BUT if the earth (world) comes in-between the Sun and Moon, the Moon no longer radiates the light of the Sun. So too in our spiritual lives, if we allow the world to come in-between the Son of God and our poor souls, we will no longer radiate the precious light of our Lord Jesus Christ. This truth is clearly set before us in I John 1:5ff “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
May we then fulfill our Divine calling to be light bearers as John speaks of, that not only in the season of darkness, but in each succeeding season, we would be as the Moon that reflects the light of the sun. Our personal spiritual comfort and fellowship as a Church is sorely dependant on the uncreated Light of Jesus Christ. May each of us echo the Sunday school song we learned as children; “This little light of mine, I will let it shine. Depending on the source, the song may take its theme from Matthew 5:16 "Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in the heaven." Or, it may refer to the words of Jesus in Luke 11:33, where he said, "No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light." Or, it may be based on Matthew 5:14-15, where Jesus said, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; nor it giveth light unto all that are in the house."