“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.'” Jesus of Nazareth (John 8:12)
When Jesus spoke these few words He rocked the world. Simply uttering the words “I am” was considered blasphemous in His day. In the Old Testament, God called himself “I am” and now, by his own words, Jesus was claiming to be God. What’s also interesting is that Jesus repeatedly refers to Himself as “light” in the New Testament. Light is the opposite of darkness. Evil is darkness. Darkness shuts out one’s ability to see clearly. The darker it is, the harder it is to see. Light, however, is good–or should I say it is “God.” Through His light, God allows us to see evil for what it is and to pick the right path. Obviously, Satan, and all who live and thrive in darkness, hate the light. When I was young, I used to pick my own path, and more often than not, I would pick the path of destruction. I used to shake my head and wonder if I was cursed or something… in a sense, I was. Today, through years of studying God’s Word and seeking to walk in His ways, it’s amazing how much easier it is to walk in the path of righteousness. It’s like there’s a “light” pointing the right direction at every turn in the road.