Through the Darkness
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
John 8:12 NLT
This passage is the first of two times in the Bible where Jesus claims to be the light of the world. The setting of this declaration gives us greater insight into the impact this statement would have had on the original audience who heard this proclamation.
John tells us Jesus was in the Treasury of the Temple during the Feast of Tabernacles. This feast was also known as the Feast of Lights. It was a week-long celebration of God’s leading the children of Israel for forty years in the wilderness. He led them by a pillar of fire that would light up the sky. To remember God’s guidance in their national history, they would fill the Treasury of the Temple with large candelabras that would light up the entire city during this weeklong celebration. The Treasury was one of the courts of the Temple.
Jesus was standing in this location, surrounded by the candelabras, when He made this declaration. He was telling the people, I am God’s light to guide you just as God guided your forefathers. If you follow me, you will never walk in darkness.
The world around us may be in darkness. There may be lots of gloom, despair, and confusion. Hate, racism, division, injustice, and anarchy may appear to be reigning all around us. But we have this promise: when we follow Jesus, we will never walk in darkness—we will walk through the darkness.
Holy Spirit, I want You to guide me through the darkness. I place my faith in Jesus as my Guide and my Light. I refuse to surrender to the darkness of my world.
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