I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. – John 12:46
Jesus has come. Expectant hope and preparation gave birth to a new era of human history. The Messiah has come. The Savior of the World has made a way for humanity to be reconciled with God our Father. The image used to describe the purpose for Jesus’ coming is that of a light.
I have confessed, with much self-humiliation and laughter, my fear of the dark. It’s not that I have ever been crippled or terrified of darkness, but there has always been an uneasy fear of not being able to see clearly what is in front of me. Walking in darkness seems to leave so many things unseen. Anyone who has ever stubbed their toe on a piece of unseen furniture, stepped on a Lego hidden by darkness, or lost their way to a specific destination has experienced the literal downfalls that come from a lack of light.
The passage found in John is not referring to the physical woes of darkness. Jesus is much more than a solution to stumbling around in the dark trying to avoid toys and furniture. Jesus is the answer to the darkness of the world. Spiritual and moral blindness is cured in the revealing light of Christ Jesus. Walking in the light with Christ is a sure-footed approach to reduce stumbling through life without any direction. Jesus sheds light on who we are and what we are made for. In Him, we can finally cut through the darkness and let our eyes behold the purpose for which we were made. In Him, we can take our rightful spot as children of our loving Heavenly Father.
My prayer is that each of our lives will be filled with light as we turn towards the new year.