Light of the World

Chaplain Korey J. Burel
Citizens Baptist Medical Center

"I am the light of the world, He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12

What does Jesus mean to be the light of the world? Well, if we set the setting when Jesus spoke these words it gives us greater understanding. It is the Feast of Tabernacles. This feast was a celebration for a week in which people would stay in tents or booths to remember Israel coming out of Egypt and going into the promise land. On the last night of this feast, a huge candelabra was placed in the court of women near the treasury and it burned bright. Historical writings tell us that the light from this fixture was so bright every courtyard in Jerusalem was lit up. This light was to remind the people of how God led them with a pillar of fire at night and led them with a pillar of cloud during the day. So the next day when people are cleaning the party mess and putting up this huge candelabra, Jesus steps right to where they are and says, “I am the light of the world.” 

What Jesus is saying to the people on that day and for us today is I am here to lead and guide you. I am here to guide you through the darkness. Your darkness may be a job change, sickness, death, family issues or one of those days “that mama said there would be.” Jesus leads us and we follow Him. When we get away from the light we begin not to be able to see. Stay close to the light and whatever struggles or pains you are going through God will lead you to “the promise land.”

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