The True Light Comes From Jesus

You have not likely heard any sane person say, “Would you turn on the dark please.” As hard as we might try we cannot truly create dark and the reason is rather simple. Dark is nothing more than the absence of light. Therefore you can turn on the light and when you turn off the light it is dark.

This is really not a science lesson but rather an accurate description of spiritual life. The Gospel of John makes very clear where this biblical form of light originates and its relationship to the believer. In John 1:4-5, 9 and 8:12 we find this compelling description of the light as stated in The Message translation. “What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out. The Life-Light was the real thing: Every person entering Life he brings into Light.”

Jesus again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in."

This short passage is enough to encourage every believer. We are challenged to not just give mental assent to the truth but embrace it with a heart commitment. Jesus is the light of the world and his light cannot be put out. There are of course many unbelievers who spend enormous amounts of money and time foolishly thinking they can snuff out the light. Do they really think that removing God from our money can put out the Light?

Darkness is of course attractive to those who don’t believe in the light because there is the false notion that darkness covers ignorance and sin. However, as the passage from John tells us, they are stumbling around in the darkness. 

If you have ever been in total darkness it’s more than a little disconcerting. You lose orientation and perspective. You literally can’t see your hand in front of your face. Spiritually speaking that is a very apt description of the one who refuses to receive God’s light. Jesus tells us he provides plenty of light to live in for the one who chooses to walk in that light.

When we are facing “dark days” or what appears to be darkness we can choose to walk in the light of life. Sometimes we forget that Jesus has experienced all that we have. His experience at Calvary certainly qualifies him to understand darkness. In faith he chose to trust his Father to deliver him once again into the light. You and I have the same option at our disposal to avoid stumbling in the darkness.  It is not a place that has a hold on you. You are free to walk in the light.

Since you can’t turn on the darkness, make the choice to go ahead and recognize that you are a recipient of the true Light of the World.

Jack Purcell is a retired Army LTC and had a second career at two different Universities as Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs. In between he twice served in leadership roles in two different Exchanged Life Offices. He now lives with his wife Mary in Boerne TX where he writes a weekly column in the Boerne Star, called On The Journey.