In Him was life (and the power to bestow life), and the life was the Light of men.

John 1:4 AMP, emphasis mine

Last time I wrote about how our God is the God of the Living and that He is alive!

This past week, God opened my eyes to another one of His great attributes: light.

There are many verses in the Bible that reference God as light (e.g. Psalm 27:1, 1 John 1:5-9, Ephesians 5:14 to name but a few). This verse sheds light (pardon the pun) on a specific facet of Jesus: He is the Light of men.

What does that mean?

He illuminates the darkness that so envelopes mankind and shows us the way.

Psalm 119:105 illustrates this so beautifully:

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.

Psalm 119:105 AMP

Jesus is described as the Word earlier in John 1:4 and as the Living Word, He guides us along the way, lighting our path through the darkness.

John goes on to write

There it was – the true Light [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] which, coming into the world, enlightens everyone.

John 1:9 AMP

Not only does Jesus light our way, He enlightens us.

To enlighten means to “give…greater knowledge and understanding about a subject or situation”.

Jesus illuminates the darkness both within and without us. He shows us the way out of physical ‘darkness’, that is, the external challenges we face in our world, and He shows us the way out of our internal ‘darkness’, those emotional, spiritual challenges that so hold us. When we fully immerse ourselves in His light, He will enlighten us to the great knowledge of who He is and His salvation for our entire being.

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 1:7 NKJV

Jesus is light. He is the Light that overpowers the darkness and causes it to flee.

The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it [and is unreceptive to it].

John 1:5 AMP

The darkness cannot do anything to the Light, but instead falls victim to it. Think of when you turn on a light in a dark room. As soon as the light comes on the darkness instantly disappears. So it is when Jesus walks into a dark space, a place held by sin – the enemy cannot help but to flee.

When we surrender to the Light, not only will we be cleansed from sin, but we will have Him.

“I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

John 8:12 AMP

Not too long ago, I had an encounter with Jesus where He showed me how He and I were walking down a dark hedged-in tunnel-like path. It was dark all around, but there were two sources of light: small, twinkling lights in the hedge and a bright light emanating from Jesus. I knew the blue lights were the Holy Spirit, and Jesus held my right hand. I could not see very far ahead, only each step I was taking. Jesus reassured me that that was all I needed to see because He (plural, that is Him and Holy Spirit) are with me on the way and all around me, and there is enough light for me to see where I am walking. He ended by saying to keep in step with Him, because where He is is where there is light.

Often we can be tempted to find another light to illuminate our path because we don’t think we are seeing enough. I know I have definitely done this!

But we are seeing just the right amount. We do not need another light when we walk with Jesus.

And while darkness may surround us, and it feels like it’s pressing in, we can take heart because we have the Light of life with us.

Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the LORD will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

Isaiah 60:1-3 NKJV

As we yield to His light, and let the Light increasingly illuminate us, we become beacons of His light too.

You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16 AMP, emphasis mine

Just as Jesus is the Light to us, so are we the light of Christ to the world.

Let us fully immerse ourselves in His light, surrender to what the Light reveals and walk in the illuminated path before us, because we do not need another light when we walk with Jesus.

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