THE LIGHT OF

THE WORLD

 

By Pastor Kelly Sensenig

 

      Light dispels the darkness. Light is also penetrating. It has the ability and power to enter or pierce where nothing else is able.  During His earthly ministry the Lord Jesus Christ proclaimed, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12, 9:5, 12:46). This proclamation suggests to us several thoughts concerning Christ.

 

       First, as the “light of the world”; He is absolutely pure. Jesus Christ was and is today the sinless Son of God. He “loved righteousness and hated iniquity” (Heb. 1:9). He Himself “knew no sin” (2 Cor. 5:21).  When Christ gave Himself for the sins of the world, He “offered Himself without spot to God” (Heb. 9:14).  Only a perfect, sinless sacrifice could avail for our sin.

 

       Second, as the “light of the world”; He is penetrating. One ray of light will penetrate through a dark room. Christ is not here in the flesh today, but He is still the light of the world. The salvation message concerning the death, burial, and resurrection of the person of Christ acts as a piercing light beaming forth into a lost world.  It is the “light of the glorious gospel of Christ” that needs to shine upon a wicked and lost world today (2 Cor. 4:3).

 

There are two things to consider concerning the piercing character of the Gospel message.

 

       First, the Gospel message concerning Christ is a light that can penetrate through spiritually darkened minds and hearts. It can dispel the darkness of sin and open one’s heart to the truth concerning salvation. Hebrews 4:12 states that the “Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  Indeed, the light of the Gospel can show man that he is a sinner and needs the Savior.  “The entrance of thy words giveth light: it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Ps. 119:130).

 

        Second, the Gospel can lift the blindfold of Satan upon the minds of lost humanity. Second Corinthians 4:3-4 states, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not…” Do not overlook the fact or reality that blindness to salvation is the result of unbelief (“them which believe not”. 

 

       One reason that mankind will not accept Christ as their Savior is because of their stubborn will.  This scriptural reason is stated in John 5:40: “You will not come to me, that ye might have life.” One today can choose to remain in the darkness of sin and unbelief. They can allow the light to become darkness.  Proverbs 13:9 says, “The lamp of the wicked shall be put out.” When there is no light, only darkness abounds, and so “the way so the way of the wicked is as darkness” (Prov. 4:19).

 

       Another reason that man fails to come to the light of the Gospel and be saved is because of sin. The Holy Spirit has certainly been convicting “the world of sin” (John 16:8). The problem today with society is that they love their sin.  A love for sin will keep a heart from repentance.  John 3:19-20 states, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.”

 

       John 1:9 states that Jesus Christ is the “Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”  Just as Christ “tasted death for every man” (Heb. 2:9), so Christ “lighteth every man” (John 1:9).  As Christ’s death is available for all to benefit from, so the enlightening and illumination concerning the Gospel of Christ is available for all - without distinction.  Anyone, anywhere, at any time can respond to the Light (Christ) and be saved.  “Truly the light is sweet” (Ecc. 11:7).  It is sweet to know as we onward go, the way of the cross leads home.

 

       Friend, do not follow the false lights of Modernism, Mormonism, or any other “ism.”  “There is no light in them” (Isa. 8:20).  Accept “the true Light” (John 1:9), Jesus Christ, as your Savior. The “true light now shineth” (I John 2:8).  Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose again the third day (I Cor. 15:3-4).  Today, He wants to save your soul from Hell.  Now, “while ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be children of light” (John 12:36).  Do not delay any longer.  Repent of your sin and trust Christ as your Savior so you can say, “The Lord is my light, and my salvation” (Ps. 27:1).  Christ wants “to give light to them that sit in darkness” (Luke 1:79). Will you come from the darkness to the light?

 

“Come to the Light, tis shining for thee;

Sweetly the Light has dawned upon me;

Once I was blind, but now I can see;

The Light of the world is Jesus.”