DayBreaks for 06/22/11 – This Is the Light
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John 8:12 – “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
I was fascinated when I took the cruise boat across San Francisco bay and disembarked on Alcatraz island. We followed the guide up the path and into the old prison itself. We toured the cafeteria, the cell block, the exercise yard, the medical center and eventually found ourselves in the vicinity of the solitary confinement area. We were faced with a choice: those who wished could go into the solitary confinement cell could do so, but we were cautioned that the light would be extinguished and that it would be dark. Well, they were right in a sense. It was more than dark – it was black. Not a ray of light got through the cell door. This was blackness!
Jesus describes life for those who don’t follow him as being darkness. I would have hated to try to walk down a pathway surrounded by the darkness that I experienced in the cell at Alcatraz. It would be impossible to walk in that kind of darkness. It is no coincidence that both hell and failing to follow Jesus are referred to as deepest darkness. It is also worth noting that Jesus didn’t claim to carry the light so that we could see, but rather that he himself IS the light.
What is the light of life that Jesus promises? It is direction, purpose and meaning. It shows us the right way to walk. It is not just illumination, but the very light of life itself…that which lights up life and makes it worth living.
Revelation 22:5 – “There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” The day (well, I guess that is a poor word to use, but I’m not sure how else to say it) is coming when the only thing we will ever experience again will be light. The darkness of crushed hopes and dreams, of horrifying disease and devastating loss will never be found in God’s home. And, unlike California, there will be no “rolling blackouts”.
Copyright 2001 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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