We hope you are enjoying the series we are featuring this month, “Jesus, Name Above All Names!” by Roy Lessin. Our prayer is that in the midst of the busy-ness of the season, this series will help you to draw near to the heart of God, focus on Jesus’ many names, and help point you to His purpose in the season.
Today we will focus on His name “Light of the World,” as found throughout the Scriptures…
Light of the World
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12 NKJV
The world is a dark place, but there is a Light that shines brighter than any lighthouse and can save any battered vessel from being smashed against the rocks of sin. The Light of Jesus will always take you out the darkness of selfishness, evil, fear, confusion, bondage, and dead religion. There are many false lights who say, “Look to me. Listen to me. Follow me.” But as we heed the voice of false lights we only go deeper into the darkness.
When Moses built the Temple, he followed God’s pattern. There was an outer court which had the natural light of the sun; there was the inner court which had the light of the Menorah; there was the holy of holies which had the Light of the glory of God. The glory of God was the Light of His presence. The Light that Jesus brings to us can only come from His presence within us. Jesus said that His Light is the light of life. He lights up the deepest place within us—where we live, move, and have our being. When His Light is in us we are spiritually alive. His Light in us means that every step we take is a step of life. Following His Light doesn’t rob us, it restores us; it doesn’t weaken us, it strengthens us; it doesn’t sadden us, it gladdens us.
For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 NKJV
The Light of Jesus Christ is not just a light, but it is the brightest light that can shine. Soft lighting is different than bright lighting. Romantic lighting is different than surgical lighting. Candle light at a restaurant creates a warm and inviting mood. One of the reasons people like soft lighting is that it covers up many flaws that a bright light would reveal. When a person is taken into surgery, surgeons don’t want the operation to take place under soft, romantic lighting.
In the early spring, my wife was standing in front of our kitchen window when she commented, “There’s a new sun coming through our window this morning. It’s showing up a lot of dirt around the sink that I didn’t notice during the winter.” The angle of the sun in the sky was bringing in more direct sunlight into our kitchen, and that light was very revealing.
When the Light of Jesus shines brightly in you, you will begin to see things you never noticed before, and the eyes of your spirit will receive a whole new revelation of your need for Him.