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 been thinking a lot about John 8:12 lately, specifically Jesus being the light of the world and what this fact could mean on so many different levels. Scripture is living and active for the true believer. It is miraculous that way.
As a sufferer of Seasonal Affective Disorder, I struggle with the dark of this season. Here in Ohio, it gets dark so early and the grey, cold days are hard to take. We only get 178 half-sunny days a year here so people really suffer from all the darkness…I can only imagine how hard it is in places like Alaska or Sweden.
Simply, Jesus is the light of the world, He is the HOPE of all who believe in Him and His redemption of all difficulties, sins, and all kinds of darkness in the world. From the evil of North Korea, the sin that becomes a stronghold and yes, even the oppressive darkness of winter that causes depression. His love comes with a promise…Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life!
Janelle Esker is the grateful wife of Michael and homeschooling mother of six amazing children. She lives with her family, 4 cats, 1 dog, 3 ducks and 12 chickens in scenic Ohio. Janelle received her B.A. in Education from Ohio Northern University. She is the author of CHOSEN: One Family’s Journey with Autism.