Editor's Note: Look for devotions from Ann Spangler's books every Thursday for the next few weeks. Todays devotion is from Praying the Names of Jesus.
“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).
The Hebrew Scriptures are full of images that link God with light—pillars of fire, burning lamps, consuming fire. Such images are often associated with God’s nearness or his presence. John’s Gospel portrays Jesus as the embodiment of the divine light, a light so powerful that it cannot be overcome by the darkness of sin and death.
Just as natural light is essential to life on earth, Christ’s light is essential to unending life with God. Whoever believes in his light becomes like him, reflecting his brightness by walking in his light and obeying his commands.