Day 22: John 8:12-20
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”
Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”
Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”
“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.
John 8:12-20 (NIV)
Jesus tells us that he is the light that has come into the world. Apart from him, we walk in darkness. He shines his light on the things that grow in darkness like sin, loneliness, and frustration. He gives us eyes to see when sin or temptation arises and he sheds light on our path.
Following Jesus Christ doesn’t mean our lives will be easy. Sometimes we fall spiritually or stumble in sin. We need to repent and ask ourselves if we are walking close to Jesus, or if we have fallen back a little. We depend on him to see the meaning, significance, and purpose for our lives. He reveals who the Father is and shows us His character. We can only know the Father through the Son.
Jesus is the true light, and we are to shine to reflect his image. As people see Christ reflected in us through our words and actions, we can point them to him. Who will see the light of Jesus in us today?
Amy Durst, Student Ministry Administrative Assistant