The light of the world
Coming back from Wollongong on 11 Feb (you may remember that day that got to 46.9 C in Penrith) we drove into heavy fog. We travelled slowly with the hazard lights on. Megs was driving so I took some photos from the passenger seat to have a record of how little you could see. Unsurprisingly the photos don’t show much!
We need this world’s light to travel. And even in that extreme fog we did have some light and made modest progress. Jesus describes the benefit of following him as the difference between travelling in pitch black and in the daylight. "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12).
Walking in darkness is futile and dangerous. I actually tried this as a young Christian. I tested my faith by walking with my eyes shut along the footpath. I could stride out for a few paces, but then would go very cautiously or sneak a peek. I soon came to see that this is not how God calls us to express our faith. Rather, eyes shut walking is an image of ignoring Jesus.
Jesus is the light of the world. Without him, we are ignorant of how good God is, by giving his only Son for us. We are ignorant of our deep need for salvation. We are ignorant of what is truly good and right. Without Jesus, we are ignorant of the power of God in raising him from death.
Living in the light is a life of listening to Jesus, seeing the contours of this world, discerning the work of God, understanding what is truly good and then reflecting that light for other to see.