The Light of the World

Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world” – which if it had been uttered by any other human being would be the most preposterous thing a mere human being could say.  Yet on the lips of Jesus, He was just being honest…and helpful, when you consider the darkness in which we dwell.

Yesterday’s post (The Sun of Righteousness) has an obvious logical connection with His name “The Light of the World.”

Just to think about Jesus brings brightness into our darkened minds.  What darkens our minds?  Worries, fears, lusts, desires – which are all oriented around concern for self instead of others.

The brightness of Jesus’ light drives out all these things, if we but embrace this light.

What is the light?  His glorious presence…among us.  This is His earth.  We are His people.  He has the right, and even the responsibility, to dwell in our midst.   He is here and we should honor Him for it, instead of living like He’s a million miles away.

Acknowledge now the light of His glorious presence and determine to never live without it!

Bible notes on this post.

See also the post Call on His Name, which includes a listing of other names of the Lord.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church – or anything else – but Him.

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3 Responses to The Light of the World

  1. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    ‘Just to think about Jesus brings brightness into our darkened minds.’

    This is absolutely true, Mike. Even if my thoughts lose their way and stray, Jesus reminds me again and again of His presence because I am very forgetful. Thinking about the’ brightness of Jesus’ light’, I also remember that I loved Advent candles and the lights of Christmas only as a child. Later they made me often cry, and I didn’t know why, until I came to know Jesus how He really is. In that year (2008) I had the best Christmas of my life because I felt His presence in everything.

    Unfortunately as for a lot of people, they see bright lights only when the Christmas tree is lit up [though I know of many who long for more, not precisely knowing what this “more” could be]. I hope and pray that they, instead of merely being glad about Christmas illumination, will be able to ‘hear a knock on the door to break it down now’ – not literally, of course (Imagine 🙂 ). I only mean that Jesus is no longer a child whose birthday must be celebrated again and again, but He is the risen Lord who knocks on the door of our heart because He wants to live there forever (Rev 3:20).

    When your guiding star is knocking at your door, you’ll remember that you heard Him knocking before!
    Maybe all we need is just a little faith…
    We tell them every day, tell the world and say, we’re having a fiesta – jump in the pool “Bethesda” [Makes no sense but rhymes 😉 ]
    It’s when you look in the mirror while getting ready for the day, He will be always there to guide you with His light right on your way.

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  3. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    A few additional thoughts on ‘The Light of the World’.

    With Him we got the pledge for life forever, that is to say, being gifted with the Holy Spirit in our hearts we can finally be sure of eternal life (2 Cor 1:22, 5:5; Eph 1:13-14). Because of this grace the immortal flame of love that never dies is shining in us, turning all believers who are indwelt by Christ’s Spirit (Rom 8:9) into a new “house”, into a living holy temple of God who shines His light through them upon the world (Mt 5:14; 1 Cor 6:19; Eph 2:21-22; 1 Pt 2:5).

    Indeed, I want to tell everybody that the most amazing person in the world – JESUS CHRIST – who was the light of the world that could be seen physically as long as he lived here on earth (Jn 9:5), now sheds the same light on the world through His Body, His bride, the (spiritual and invisible) church of the New Covenant in His blood (Mt 26:28).

    PS
    Summer sun and starshine moulding the whole house into a light house – not lighthouse 😉
    Could never be as bright as Christ’s unseen light in His bride’s house
    Which will become – more and more – the world’s spiritual lighthouse
    Because the bride in the Spirit is the Light’s lawful and right spouse
    🙂

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