“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NIV)
Jesus is the light of the world—and his is a life-giving light. Jesus calls us into his light even though it exposes our sin. On the cross, he took the judgement for our sin upon himself. So, we need not fear exposure. We glory and rejoice in freedom from condemnation—even self-condemnation.
In his death we receive life—a great exchange. But there’s more good news. Jesus rose from the grave and is alive and seated at the right hand of our Father in heaven. Those who love darkness thought they’d put out the light of Christ but his life overcame death. The light Jesus offers is a conquering light—even death cannot snuff it out. And the light of life spreads as people embrace the love of God in the person of Jesus Christ and he fills us with his Spirit.
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)