Walk in the Light

“Jesus answered, “The light will be with you only a little longer. Walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn’t overtake you.” (John 12:35 HCSB)

Jesus tells the crowd teeming in Jerusalem at the Feast of Passover to “walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn’t overtake you.”  From which we can conclude a couple of obvious things:

  1. It is possible to be overtaken by darkness
  2. Walking in the light prevents the darkness from overtaking us.

What is the light?  I’m glad you didn’t asked.  John has already told us the answer to that question:

Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:4–5 HCSB)

In this case the correct answer is indeed: Jesus.  Jesus had life in him, and that life was the light of men.  If that isn’t clear enough [yes, John understood Marines quite well, I think] then we have Jesus himself:

Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”” (John 8:12 HCSB)

So in John 12.35, Jesus is merely telling the crowds what he had already told them before.  He says: walk in the light, because that is the way that you will be delivered from darkness.  Oh, by the way, I am the light of the world.

What is the darkness?  Evil, immorality, everything that opposes God.  As John will put it later: “Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.” (1 John 1:5 HCSB).

Darkness is the absence of God.

Micah Wilder does a pretty good job explaining what it looks like to be in darkness and then come to know the light of the world.

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