“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.” (John 8:12, NIV)
Light is a powerful disinfectant. For more than a hundred years medical science has known of the incredible disinfecting strength of light, especially ultraviolet wavelengths. Bacteria and other bio-contaminates often thrive in an absence of bright light. These infection-causing pathogens yield to the antiseptic power of light.
In our spiritual lives, there is a corresponding or analogous principal. The light of Christ can cleanse us from the sin and contamination we encounter in the world around us. Scripture teaches us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, ESV). Exposure to the Light that comes from reading God’s word, from listening to gospel preaching, and from fellowship with other believers all act as disinfectants for our souls.
- “This is the message we have heard from Him, and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses (keeps on cleansing us) from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7, ESV)
- “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall” (Psalm 27:1-2, ESV)
Come to the Light, it’s shining for thee.
Sweetly the Light has dawned upon me.
Once I was blind, but now I can see.
The Light of the world is Jesus.
~ Brother Roy