“Light for A Soul”
Jesus 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
During the winter months up north, when the sun is low in the sky, and many days are gray, wet, or icy, it feels really good when the sun does pop out through the winter gray once and a while. If you are sitting by a window in your home when that happens, and the sun lands on your skin, how warm and comforting it is. Light is a blessing, whether it is sunlight, or fireplace light, or candlelight or electric light. We all know we can’t live without light, especially sun light. It is a well known fact that people who live in the north, especially the far north, can begin to suffer mentally due to a lack of sunlight.
God created light on the very first day of creation, partly I would guess to emphasize the essential importance of light to our wellbeing. It wasn’t until the fourth day that he created sunlight, which is interesting. Light is a characteristic of God’s own being. Jesus, who is God’s eternal, almighty Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary and born from her, fully human and sinless, said of himself, “I AM the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of LIFE.”
As good as sunlight through a window feels on our winter skin, which seems to crave it, our souls crave God’s light, which we spend most of our time denying. In sin, we are darkened. Notice how easily we move into the shadows of dark thoughts and hopeless feelings. It is almost like we belong there, we move into the shadows so easily. “What good is there in the world? What do I have to look forward to? What light?” Often, in the hope of answering such questions for ourselves, we invent meaning for ourselves, we try to become our own light. “I am going to lose weight.” “I am going to exercise more.” “I am going to learn how to paint.” “I am going on a cruise.” We hope to feel better about ourselves. But the shadow world of the soul and the heart remain right where it is: inside of us. We need true light to shine there, not dependent on ourselves in any way, warm and comforting light that never sets or drifts behind the clouds. Jesus means it when he says it. He is that light. Remarkably, he revealed his light to us when he went to the cross, and the sun went dark for three hours as he suffered alone in darkness. He was taking away our sins. He even died for us. His dead body was laid in a dark tomb. But on the third day, he arose to light and life again. He is God’s Son, in human form, who did this for you! Believe in your need for him, true light, and feel the warm comfort of forgiveness in his name and resurrection!