September 01, 2021 – Wednesday
John 8:12 NIV
12 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.”
I have always loved this verse. Perhaps because it lines up so well with John 1:4-5 where John wrote, In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. And then in verse 9 when explaining John the Baptist was not the light, The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
To be clear what Jesus is speaking of is spiritual darkness and spiritual light, the light of life, which has to come from God and God alone. If we go back to Genesis 2:7 just as God had created all living things, it was God who made man a living being, Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
Now, back in John, with Jesus in the world everyone would have to choose. What is the choice? Going to the light away from the spiritual darkness or a choice to remain in the spiritual darkness, in sin as a way of life. If someone chooses to follow Jesus, they will not be walking in darkness. If someone refuses to follow Jesus, they will be walking in darkness as their choice. Those were the two choices for everyone then and the two choices for everyone now.
Those in the Bible who chose to oppose Jesus, chose to walk in darkness even after hearing His teachings, seeing His healings, and hearing of His miracles. None of that mattered to them, they simply ignored what should have been obvious and was in reality obvious, but they were making the choice to remain in darkness.
Consider the next chapter (9) in John where Jesus heals a blind man in verses 5-7 first addressing Himself as the light of the world, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. Not only did he see physically, but spiritually for as he was being questioned by the Pharisees about his healing in a real argumentative manner, he answered them in verses 30-33, Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where He comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does His will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.
Jesus found out the Pharisees had thrown the man out of the synagogue and sought him out. Jesus revealed Himself as the Son of Man to him and the man said verse 38, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped Him. Not so the Pharisees. After the man worshipped Him, Jesus and the Pharisees had the following exchange of words verses 39-41, Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with Him heard Him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.” Or your spiritual blindness remains as they chose to remain in darkness.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Our choice is like that of the Pharisees, to enter into the light of Your Son or to remain in spiritual darkness. Help me to always choose the light that is Your Son. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton