One of the titles that Jesus attributed to himself was that he was ‘The Light of the World’ (John 8:12). This title reveals an aspect to God that has far-reaching implications upon humanity. Especially because of the time when Jesus came, Israel was not only in the grip of Roman oppression but widespread poverty and religious sectarianism. In essence they were in political, material and spiritual darkness.
When God became man in Jesus Christ, He brought a bright and powerful light into this gross darkness in order to bring freedom and understanding through the establishment of God’s Kingdom here on earth. While he did not come to overthrow the foreign occupiers, Jesus came to deliver humanity from a master far greater……Sin. This is the darkness that blinds humanity even to this very day.
The world is groping in the darkness looking for some semblance of understanding and truth. We are desperate to make sense of the world, in the midst of all this confusion and the muddle of life’s problems – a byproduct of sin. We have to go to the Light, and the source of it, which is Christ. When we come to the Lord, He shines a light into the darkness of man’s knowledge and the darkness of our own hearts, so that we may see with clarity and revelation. We must walk in Him, following the light and the path that is being illuminated by it. The scriptures declare that the wicked stumble in their walk because they are walking in the dark…“but the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” Prov 4:18-19
As we walk closer to God, the light increases and brings greater and greater truth to our lives.
This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.