By Travis Lauterbach

John’s Gospel says, “The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world” (1:9)

What is the light?

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).

Most people living in modern cities have little concept of darkness. Street light dotted roads and headlights allow night owls to see where they’re going. Press a button or flip a switch and you have instant light.

It hasn’t always been this way.

There was a time when people lived seemingly at the whim of darkness.

Pitch black darkness can be a scary place. You can’t trust your eyes to guide your way and so the next step may be dangerous. You never know who may be intending to bring you harm. You can’t do the things that require the light of day.

The Bible teaches that the world resides in darkness: the darkness of sin, the darkness of death.

To walk in darkness is to follow the course of wickedness.

How easy it is for us to cut others down, to treat others less than we’d like to be treated, or to grow impatient with others.

How easy it is to live as though the one who made all creation, and made it so precise at that, doesn’t even exist.

How easy it is to believe the lie of the devil, that worldly possessions, fame, or power bring ultimate fulfillment.

The birth of Jesus lit up the world.

Jesus says, “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

He guides people from sin’s darkness to the light of love.

For He came into the world to light it up with truth, to die for all sinners, and to open God’s kingdom to all believers by His resurrection.

He didn’t come to judge, condemn, or destroy sinners. He came to save, redeem, and forgive.

He shines the light of abundant life on the world.

Travis Lauterbach is the pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located in the Falcon Ridge Business Park in Mesquite, NV.