I am the Light of the World. John 8:12
John’s Gospel is not like the other three. I would call it the “touchy-feely” Gospel, or maybe the most “existential” one. Each of the Gospels relate the story of Jesus’ earthly ministry, death, crucifixion, and resurrection, reflecting the writing style of the four Apostles who wrote them. But John begins his story with a different flair that instantly makes us think: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). What a powerful statement! This “Word” that I am reading is…alive! The Word is actually living and breathing. It doesn’t “represent” anything. It’s not just a tale that was handed down through the ages. The Word has power and knowledge, and oh, so much more! “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
John also uses the word “light” thirty times in his Gospel, and most of the time the word refers directly to Jesus. “In (Christ) was light, and the light was the life of men” (John 1:4). The people loved the light “for a season” (John 5:35), but later rejected the light (John 3:19). But Christ also told the people, “You are the light of the world” (John 5:14), and He warned us not to hide that light under a basket, to set it on a hill so that “it gives light to all” (John5:14-15). “Let your light shine so before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (John 5:15).
People don’t “see” light directly, but it is by light that we “see” everything else. That’s why it’s so important for us to “be” that light for others, as Jesus is for us. Imagine what we can each do, if we allow Christ’s light to shine through and in and around us all the time. Jesus just wants our cooperation. He’ll do all the “heavy shining!”
Blessed Savior, we thank You that You provide this glorious light for us. We want to be Your partners in the “Shine Business!” Amen
Meg Blaine Corrigan tells stories of wisdom, strength, fear, joy and risk-taking. Daughter of a raging alcoholic mother, and survivor of sexual assault at gunpoint, Corrigan has shaken a dismal past and flung herself into the arms of Christ, Who sustains her in her daily walk of grace. She shares with her listeners her incredible story of surviving and thriving through many trials during her seven decades walking this fragile earth. She has been described as a Renaissance Woman, integrating her formal training in psychology and counseling, an enlightening experience as a percussionist for a Polynesian show troupe, and most recently as an inspirational author and blogger. Her exposure to many life experiences has enriched her passion for spreading Christ’s word and helping other trauma survivors. She has a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling and thirty-plus years of experience in the field of counseling and social work. She lives in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, with the love of her life, Patrick, and their formerly disenfranchised rescue dog Ginger. www.MegCorrigan.com MegCorrigan@comcast.net