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Darkness has many side effects. In the dark, we lose our vision, our sense of direction and our ability to remain at peace. Prior to Jesus coming on the scene, the world was in a dark place. Sin ruled men’s lives. All hope of peace and eternal life was gone. The side effects were very similar, fear, lack of direction and chaos.
Jesus was light. His light cleared out the darkness. It gave vision and direction. It took away fear. Jesus was truly the light in a very dark world. He not only exposed the world’s darkness, but also the darkness within the religious leadership. The religious leaders hated it, but light is light and they could no longer hide in the shadows. He exposed the burden they were placing on the people. He showed God as he was, not the tyrant they made him out to be.
In our lives, he still is our light. He casts our our fears, takes away darkness and brings order in the midst of chaos. He also gives warmth and direction. The world would have us believe that its way gives us the same stuff, but as we watch the news it is clear chaos rules the world. We simply need to follow him to remain in the warmth of his light and love. What a great gift, what a great God. Thank you, Lord for being our light.
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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.”
The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”
Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going.
You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.
But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me