You are the Light of the World

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 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

Light. It’s a very powerful metaphor and thus a very powerful name for Jesus. I see the light of the sun, the light of a burning fire, the light of a lantern in a dark night, the light that awakens on an early spring day.


Light has so many forms in our world, but only Jesus can say: “I am the light.” That is a tremendously far-reaching statement with which Jesus says a lot about his uniqueness.


Light. It’s an important theme in the whole Bible. Everything begins with it:


And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Genesis 1:3-5

The prophets use their words to create light in dark times:


The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shined.

Isaiah 9:2

But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.

Malachi 4:2

In Jesus, the glorious Son of God, light shines to the full:


I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

John 12:46

The more I see Jesus and experience the light of life, the more I will also walk in the light myself and the more I will be a child of the light myself. Indeed, through the Spirit, through whom I worship Jesus as the light of the world, I can make these words my own:


You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14, 16

Jesus, you are the light of the world. When I let your glorious appearance sink in, then that overpowers me. Where there is darkness, you make light. Where people live in your light, they begin to shine a bit themselves. Jesus, you are the source of light. In your light we see light.

The meditation on this page is written by Jos Douma and translated by Dick Moes.






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