Jesus is called the Light of the World and for good reason. He was born to be a beacon to a lost world. But what does it mean to be a light? What is the significance to Jesus being called The Light?
Light of the World
In Genesis 1:3, God spoke light into existence. Until that time, the Earth was full of darkness. Therefore, light can only be given by God and that is established in the third verse of His Holy Word. Light represents life and only God can give life.
With this single verse, it is easy to see the significance of Jesus being referred to as The Light. Through Jesus, we can have everlasting life.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
Jesus called Himself the Light of the World. What does this signify?
- That He is God. – Jesus is God come to Earth in the flesh.
- He is telling us the truth about God. – God is the Light
- He is telling us the truth about ourselves. – We live in darkness and need the Light.
We are also Called
Jesus also calls us to let our light shine in the dark world. What does this mean? When we accept Jesus as our Savior, His light enters us. Through our lives, Jesus light can shine through us. In the book of Matthew, Jesus explains how to be the light in a dark world.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16
Jesus called Himself the Light of the World because He is Life. Because He was crucified for our sins, we have life through Jesus Christ. He is the Light in the darkness and life for our souls.
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