Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
TEXT JOHN 8:12-31
Key verse: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Light is required to find our way. When a lamp is used, its usefulness will depend largely on how close we follow the bearer of the lamp. To follow from afar is as good as walking in darkness. And walking in darkness will make one go astray, stumble, fall and be destroyed.
To the Pharisees, Jesus declared “…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”. This was enough message to bring conviction and guilt upon their hearts. They tried to cover-up their guilt by accusing Jesus of boasting. The Lord however went on to justify His claims as He made them understand that the Father bears witness of Him. He appealed to their knowledge of the law in Deuteronomy 17:6. This generated further questions from the Pharisees who instead of being teachable, indulged in contentious questions in order to engender strife. Nevertheless, Christ’s purpose of giving detailed explanations of His deity and relationship with the Father was achieved as some simple-hearted Jews got saved.
Many today argue and contend God’s power to save through Jesus the only Light of the world. Many who claim they are saved dispute sound doctrine on Christian conduct and living. We cannot by wishes and personal desires, change the truth of the word of God. As we hear and read the word of God, we must receive and believe it wholeheartedly like a little child. We must choose to follow Christ and walk in the Light. True discipleship is in believing and continuing in the word of God. Are you born again? Then you must follow Christ and walk in the light.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: To follow Christ is to walk in the Light.