“I am the light of the world, He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
As we approach another Christmas time, you may be aware of the number of homes that will be especially illuminated, which interestingly seems to increase year by year! Maybe an attempt to cover the gloom of a world trying in some way to find its way out of darkness.
However, as much as we increase the lighting in our streets and homes, we are never able to completely dispel the darkness. John the beloved disciple of Jesus records in his gospels several times when Jesus spoke about light and darkness.
When Jesus spoke about darkness he wasn’t talking about the night time, rather about the darkness that lies within the human soul. Darkness is a metaphor for death. Thus in John 8:12 Jesus declares, “I am the light of the world, He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
The darkness within the human soul is being outworked daily as we read or hear of the atrocities that are being carried out within our world. We realise that this darkness has pervaded all of humanistic thinking and the society in which we live. Darkness is simply an absence of God.
Jesus declared that He was the Light of the world, but also said that this is the condemnation that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. The very one who was the reason behind all of creation, who changed into a human being, was not even received by his own people.
At the time of the birth of Jesus, Israel were heavily under the heel of Rome; darkness pervaded much of the spiritual activities, as Jesus would state “… it was the blind leading the blind.”
Simeon was an old man at the time of Jesus’ birth, and this man was just and devout and the Holy Spirit was upon him and declared “my eyes have seen your salvation – a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of your people Israel.”
The Light of the World had come, and the Good News of God’s love for all mankind would be manifested to all the people, as declared first to the shepherds on the hills surrounding Bethlehem by the angel of the Lord.
The Good News is that Jesus has declared over you: Ye are the light of the world! For He lives in you.
The Light has gone out in so many areas, especially education.The reason being we have neglected God’s Word. The Psalmist has declared “the entrance of your Words giveth light.”
We thank God for the ACE Curriculum, that clearly gives precedence to the Word of God, each PACE bringing light and life to the student.
We thank God for bringing men and women of God who work daily in our schools as they let the light of Jesus shine through them as they assist and help each student grow in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man.