Today is the first Sunday of Advent. As we count down the days to Christmas, we can remind ourselves of some of the names of Jesus and what they mean for us today.
Jesus once again addressed them, I am the world’s Light. (Light of the World). No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.
Jesus came as the Light of the World to dispel darkness once and for all.
The Light of the World solves the problem of darkness. In the presence of the Light of the World, there’s no need to fear or fight darkness. He provides plenty of light for us to live in.
God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating.
Jesus experienced nine months of darkness in His mother’s womb to become one of us. He experienced three days of darkness in the grave before He was resurrected in power. Light and life were born out of darkness. Our darkness can be a gateway to light and life, if we look to the One who is light.
Because Jesus became one of us, He understands our darkness. Because Jesus was perfectly God, He leads us out of our darkness.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
Jesus is light personified. Jesus makes darkness, sin, and death powerless. Because of Jesus, they no longer restrict us. They no longer have the final word.
The Light of the World has the final word.
The Light of the World dispels darkness, destroys sin, and defeats death.
The Light of the World overcomes and gives life.
The people who live in a land of deep darkness, will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.
There’s no need to cover up our darkness. When invited in, the Light of the World will cover our darkness with His light. Darkness no longer needs to define us. His light can define us. Jesus sacrificed His divine privileges so that He could understand our darkness. He experienced darkness so that we could experience His light.
His light pierces our darkness and ignites life.
Fighting those dark places in our lives and covering them up leads to frustration and hopelessness. Reaching out to the One who is light leads to hope and life.
As we allow His light to shine in those areas of hurt, confusion, disappointment, wrong thinking, wrong attitudes, wrong actions, our eyes will be lifted from the dark and lifeless to the Light of the World. The One full of life.
As we behold the Light of the World we become light. We become full of life.
His light covers our shame. No longer bowed under shame, we can rise and shine.
Arise! Let your light shine for all to see. For the glory of the Lord rises to shine on you.
Jesus gives us His light so that we can be His light.
You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father of heaven.
We can rise up and shine because darkness and shame no longer define us. The One who is light, who covers us with His light, does.
We have permission to come out of hiding, to go public, and to allow the Light of the World to show us how to bring out the “God-colours” where we are. We have permission to shine brightly for His glory. The world needs it.