Read John 8:12-19.
he Gospel according to John is where we find a number of “I am” statements spoken by Jesus, like the one found in verse 12: “I am the light of the world.” The many “I” statements throughout this passage tell the truth about who Jesus is, and this “I am” statement also tells a truth about who we are. “Whoever follows me won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” During this time of year, when it feels easy to get caught up in the darkness — the actual darkness of these longer nights and the various darknesses of our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical beings — we are reminded that darkness isn’t too dark for our Lord who is the light of the world (Ps. 139:12). When we choose to follow Jesus, the darkness won’t be too dark for us, either.
Light of the World, thank you for the light of life. Grant us, whenever we find ourselves in a darkness of this life, reminders that the darkness is not too dark for you, and that by following you we share in your light. Amen.
Rev. Jenny Hardin
Campus Minister, UKirk Stillwater
Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church (Stillwater, OK)