Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
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In today’s scripture, Jesus is having yet another toe-to-toe confrontation with the Pharisees. He tells them that He is “the light of the world,” and that His light gets rid of spiritual darkness for those who follow Him. Notice, He doesn’t say that He’s “a light” or “one of the lights.” He is “THE light” of the world.
That’s an extremely important point. You’ll hear from some folks that “all paths lead to God” or that there’s “no difference between one religion or another. All that’s important is that you have faith in something.”
For those of us who have faith in Christ, that simply can’t be part of our beliefs. Jesus taught that He was the one and only true way, and that the only way to God was through Him. There was no other path to follow and no other light to shine the way.
That’s not to say that we’re to say or do anything bad toward someone who believes differently from us. If someone wants to follow another path, there’s nothing we can do about that except to share (with love) the truth as we know it. But the paths we choose are ultimately up to each person.
The path you choose today and each day is extremely important. Today, if you’re already following Jesus, thank Him for setting your feet on the road to Heaven, and ask Him to keep you walking in the right direction. If you’re not sure if you’re on that path, you might want to pray that the Lord shows you the right way to go.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.