8th February 2013

Jesus, Light of the World  

“…I am the light of the world.”
John 9:5 (NIV) 

Whenever I think of light I think of illumination. Light is the opposite of darkness. If there is no light, I can’t see and I would trip over anything in my way. As John says in his gospel, “It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.” (John 11:10) 

Now that’s perfectly true of course but on a recent visit to see my mother I noticed that the bungalow opposite had solar panels fixed to its roof.  Solar panel electricity systems capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells, converting the sunlight into electrical power, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting. 

This got me thinking about light and about Jesus as the ‘light of the world’. We understand, quite rightly, that in using this description of himself, Jesus was talking about illumination; dispelling spiritual darkness as he enables us to see and understand the truth. But in addition to this, Jesus, as the ‘light of the world’, is also the source of energy. Speaking of Jesus, Paul writes, “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17) Jesus is the power of creation and his energy keeps the whole universe together. 

Jesus not only shows, or illuminates, the way, he gives us the power to walk in it. Again as John tells us, “Yet wherever men did accept him he gave them the power to become sons of God.” (John 1:12 J.B. Phillips New Testament) 

When light shines on a PV the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. As we allow the light of Jesus to shine fully in our lives, he will empower and energise us to live for him. “…this is the secret: Christ lives in you… So we tell others about Christ…We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.” (Colossians 1:27-29 NLT) 

Prayer
Father, please keep me in the light of Jesus so that his mighty power might work in me enabling me to live as your child.
Amen
 

Study by Barry Robinson

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barryrobinsonAbout the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder in and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Camberwell
The Salvation Army Hall
105 Lomond Grove
Camberwell
LONDON
SE5 7HN

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30 am

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:  barry_robinson@wcg.org.uk

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