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* Today’s post is taken from the YouVersion Bible App (YouVersion).

If you’ve ever experienced pitch-blackness for an extended amount of time, you know it can bring an unsettled, claustrophobic feeling that’s hard to endure for long.

Back when Jesus walked the earth, there was no electricity—leaving a stark contrast between night and day, between darkness and light.

Recorded in the gospel of John is Jesus giving seven “I am” statements, one of which says: “…‘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 ‭NIV‬‬

Jesus didn’t say He had a light or could shine a light, but “I am the light”—which is a pretty bold claim, if you think about it. It would be arrogant and ridiculous to say that unless, of course, it were true. Unless, of course, Jesus was God in the flesh, and the true light of the world.

The significance of light in the midst of darkness is self-evident and yet difficult to fully articulate. It means vision instead of blindness, truth instead of confusion, hope instead of despair.

And when Jesus fulfilled those Old Testament prophecies of a coming Savior, everything became more clear.

So what does this truth mean for us? For you?

If you’re feeling lost, disoriented, or stuck in the dark, start by saying His name: Jesus. You can take another step too, by stepping toward Him—the light. After all, Jesus said that whoever follows Him “will never walk in darkness.” We don’t have to stumble around in the dark because we have the light of the world. We have the light that leads to life with us at all times.

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