Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (Jn 8:12)
Jesus Christ is the light of the world. How is Jesus the light in our life? When we follow Jesus Christ, the light of the world, we can avoid walking blindly and falling into sin. He lights the path ahead of us so we can see how to live and how to find purpose, fulfillment, and satisfaction in life and in Him. Jesus Christ is the true light; He helps us see our way to God and shows us how to walk along that way.
Light represents goodness, purity, holiness, and truth. Darkness represents sin, evil, and Satan. Love is the key to walking in the light, because we cannot grow spiritually while we hate others. A growing relationship with God results in a growing relationship with others. “But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes” (1Jn 2:11).
Jesus is the light of life, and His words are spirit and life. Whoever follows this light by trusting in Him as His word teaches, is saved from the darkness of spiritual death. The Bible can be our light to show us the way ahead so we won’t stumble as we walk. It reveals the entangling roots of false values and philosophies. We need to study the Bible carefully so we can see our way clear enough to stay on the right path.
Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed” (Jn 8:31). Real meaning in life is not found only in accepting Jesus as savior. Rather, real meaning in life is when we begin to follow Jesus Christ as His disciples, learning about Him, spending time with Him in His word, communicating with Him in prayers, and walking with Him in obedience to His commandments.
If we walk in God’s light, we become “sons of light” (ref. Jn 12:36), revealing the truth and pointing people to God. As Christians, we are to be Christ’s light-bearers, letting His light shine through us. How bright are our lights shining? Can others see Jesus in our actions? Do our lives show other people how to find God and how to live for Him? The spiritual product of walking in the light is bearing the fruit of the Spirit – goodness, righteousness, and truth. If we cultivate these Christian virtues, we allow the presence of Jesus Christ to be radiated through us. Living a life of light is a strong witness to our Christian faith.