Jn.8:12 – Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.
The words of Jesus have always been illuminating. His words are filled with revelation and light. Until our eyes are opened we can’t grasp the beauty and power of His words, our eyes are closed to His light and beauty. Like it says in the Psalms, “the entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple”. Today’s verse is quite powerful, especially if you consider the context and location of this statement. It happened in connection with the feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem. This quote from Barclay may give us insight into what Jesus was saying.
“On the evening of its first day (of the feast of tabernacles) there was a ceremony called The Illumination of the Temple. It took place in the Court of the Women. The court was surrounded with deep galleries, erected to hold the spectators. In the centre four great candelabra were prepared. When the dark came the four great candelabra were lit and, it was said, they sent such a blaze of light throughout Jerusalem that every courtyard was lit up with their brilliance. Then all night long, until cock-crow the next morning, the greatest and the wisest and the holiest men in Israel danced before the Lord and sang psalms of joy and praise while the people watched. Jesus is saying: “You have seen the blaze of the Temple illuminations piercing the darkness of the night. I am the Light of the World, and, for the man who follows me there will be light, not only for one exciting night, but for all the pathway of his life. The light in the Temple is a brilliant light, but in the end it flickers and dies. I am the Light which lasts for ever.”
Jesus was using this vivid picture that was fresh in everyone’s mind to share about Him being the light of the world. The celebrants had been dancing in the light of the candelabra in Jerusalem, Jesus was telling them about another celebration that takes place in the light of His presence. The Old Testament festivals were always pointing to New Testament realities. When the true light breaks into your life that is when the true dancing begins. Jesus is the light of the world, He can light up your life and bring you into this celebration of light.