"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"
There is something intrinsic about our fascination with and wonder of light. We linger by the fire, mesmerized by its flames. We travel outside the city lights just to gaze at the stars. Christmastime serves up a feast of lights – with lighted trees, candles and outdoor displays ablaze.
Jesus calls Himself the Light of the world. Our innate wonder of light should naturally draw us to Him, but people often love darkness instead of light because their deeds are evil (John 3:19) and they’re afraid of Him. Light exposes them, so they scurry from it. Jesus came into the world so that we could have fellowship with God and with each other. Rather than having to hide from light’s revealing rays, we are offered Jesus’ forgiveness of sins and the power to turn from our evil deeds. 1 John 1:7 promises, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
Approach the Light that lays bare our sin but gives us life as well!
O STAR OF WONDER, STAR OF NIGHT,
STAR WITH ROYAL BEAUTY BRIGHT,
WESTWARD LEADING, STILL PROCEEDING,
GUIDE US TO THY PERFECT LIGHT!
(JOHN HENRY HOPKINS, JR, 1857)