Text of the week

Iain Gibb
Iain Gibb

Jesus said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8 v.12)

The International Year of Light 2015 is a United Nations initiative that aims this year to raise awareness of how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions in energy, agriculture and health. Light is necessary for the existence of life itself.

Our earth has been bathed in light from the sun ever since it was formed.

The Bible recognises the importance of light, and presents God saying right at the beginning “Let there be light”, and “God saw that the light was good” Genesis 1 v.3-4.

Many years later, King David used the imagery of light to describe what it was to know God: “In your light, we see light” (Psalm 36 v.9). Here he was thinking not of physical light, but of the need to let God’s light shine into every part of our lives, exposing the dark as well as showing us what is good.

This theme was further developed when Jesus came into the world.

John’s Gospel says that he was light shining in the darkness.

Jesus self-consciously said “I am the light of the world”. Those who paid heed to his message had their lives transformed, but those who rejected him were left in darkness.

“Shades of grey” seems to be an in-theme at present.

Jesus however tells us that our whole body should be full of light, and no part of it dark.

He wants everyone of us to be “children of light”.

Iain Gibb, Olivet Evangelical Church