Faith & Life: Do You Have the Light of Life?


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Do You Have the Light of Life?

Jesus is the Light of the World

by J.M. Troppello


Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12, NKJV)

My sister and her girls got home today from a short trip. I heard the girls playing outside while I was folding laundry inside. I had the windows open since it was a nice Spring day. After finishing folding clothes, I went next door to say hi and ask my sister and the girls about the trip. After talking for a while, I went back inside to get some work done.


About 30 minutes later, I heard a knock at my door. My niece had brought me my mail again (she had gotten my mail for me last week too). I told her thank you and then we chatted for a bit. She coaxed me to come back outside to see their chalk drawings that she and her sister had drawn in their driveway. I played along and followed the chalk markings throughout the driveway – even though I had come outside without my shoes on. I had thought we’d just be chatting for a few minutes on my deck.


Jesus is the Light


I stayed out for a bit longer. Then I walked back next door to finish working. After talking to my niece, who is 8 years old, I smiled to myself as I replayed our conversation in my mind. She had asked to see the birds nest again that was by our house. I said I hadn’t seen the baby birds or the mother bird in a while.


She said, “Maybe the mama bird taught them to fly and they’re living in another tree by now.”


I replied that she was probably right about that opinion.


Talking with her made me smile because she is at that age where she’s still young but trying to act more grown-up. When I had first opened the door to see her handing me my mail, she said, “We can talk more, but I don’t want to let the air inside your house.”


She had probably remembered hearing my husband tell her and her sister once that we need to keep the door closed in the winter to keep the cold air out and in the spring and summer to keep the hot air and bugs out.


Then when we discussed the baby birds, she was motioning with her hands and talking like a “little grown-up.” There was such a light and excitement about her. It reminded me about the devotional I read this morning, discussing the verse from John 8:12.


Jesus had responded with that statement in his conversation with the adulteress – which the Scribes and Pharisees had brought to Him as He was teaching people at the Temple. Jesus had responded to them with the well-known statement from John 8:7, that whoever was without sin, should cast the first stone.


Jesus had stooped down and was writing something on the ground, most likely with a stick in the dirt. It doesn’t say in the Bible what He wrote on the ground. The Thomas Nelson Study Bible says that “some suggest He wrote the Ten Commandments recorded in Exodus 20.”


One by one, the woman’s accusers walked away – seemingly convicted by Jesus’s words. Shortly after that, Jesus stood up and was alone with the woman. He asked her in John 8:10 where her accusers had gone. He asked her, “Has no one condemned you?”


She responded that no one had condemned her. Then Jesus said that He doesn’t condemn her either, and that she should sin no more. Then He said the statement from verse 12 that He is the light of the world and that whoever follows Him should not walk in darkness, but have “the light of life.”


Do you have the light of life?


As a Christian, I have the light of life. If you’re a Christian, you have that same light – which is Jesus. Just think about that for a second.


Jesus is the Light of the World and as a Christian, He lives in your heart.


That fact should warm your heart and give you comfort. As the light of the world, Jesus exposes sin in people’s lives (John 8:1-11) and gives sight (John 9:1-7). In John 9:1-7, Jesus healed a man who was born blind. In John 9:5, Jesus said again that He is the light of the world.


Jesus shared about the Holy Spirit in John 15:26 – 16:16.


26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.

“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. 3 And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. 4 But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.

“And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.

5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.

16 “A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father.” (John 15:26 – 16:16, NKJV)

As a Christian, you can be comforted in the fact that the Holy Spirit is with you. He will comfort you and remind you of God’s Word as you need to be reminded of it. He will convict you and help you get back on the right track as you live each day in your journey as a Christian.


Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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