Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Jesus is talking about two lights, Light of the world and the light of life. He is stressing the need to follow one light to receive the other. One without the other is not possible. Light of the world is different from the light of life. And both are available to us today.
Bible says in John 1:14 “The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” Psalmist says in Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” When the word of most high God came into this world in flesh as Jesus, Light came through HIM to those who try to live their lives according to God’s word. But that doesn’t deny the fact that darkness is ever present in this world. The moment we receive Christ as our King and make a commitment in our hearts to follow HIM, we open a door for the light of the world to come to us. The light of the world is the active force of the most high God that opens our understanding and enables us to distinguish between light and darkness. Without receiving Christ, we can’t even acknowledge the fact that we are in darkness and need the light of the World.
Having received Jesus as the light of the world and equipped with the power of discernment to see the true state of this world. We feel drawn more and more towards this light, which is Jesus, for the desire to get rid of darkness makes us want more to follow Christ. In response to our desire, the Lord blesses us with the light of life. That is, He makes His dwelling among HIS people. The presence of the son of most High God counsels us when we need it. The light of life flows from Christ to us and from us to others.
What an honour and favour the Lord has granted to His people. Let us make good use of this favour and glorify our father by letting this light shine onto others through our words and deeds.