"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
Our world can be a dark place. It's full of sin - hate, racism, murder, theft, lies, jealousy, adultery, abuse, and the list goes on. There's good news though - Jesus promises us in His word that if we will follow Him, we will not walk in darkness. But how do we follow Jesus? How do we live in this gift of light that He tells us about?
We have to know we are ALL sinners.
Humans are sinners. All of us. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." It also tell us, "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one." (Romans 3:10) God created us to be perfect beings and to fellowship with Him. But Adam and Eve (having the same free will we do) sinned when they were tempted by the serpent. That sin tainted the rest of mankind even unto us today. No matter how good of a person we are, we still sin and the result of that is death. Sin separates us from God - and sin will keep us out of heaven. We need redemption - and the only way for us to have it is through Jesus!
We have to believe that Jesus was born, He died, and He rose again.
God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to be born of a virgin - live on earth for 33 years to teach us about God's love and His expectations - die an undeserving death on the cross - and rise from the dead on the third day. Jesus came to be our sacrifice and redeem us from the sins we commit. There's nothing we can do to pay the debt of our sin. And the beautiful thing is, we don't have to. Jesus has already paid the price! He paid it before we were even born. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world: but the world through him might be saved." And some more great news - Jesus died for ALL of us! YOU included!
Accept Jesus and the truth that He can change your life!
Jesus died to forgive YOUR sins, to wash you clean from those sins, and give you a new life in Him! All you have to do is accept Jesus as your savior and you can receive these gifts that He has ready for you. Romans 10:9-10 says, "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Salvation can and will change your life! God promises us in His word He will never leave us, He will always be our friend that sticks closer than a brother, and He will always work things out for our good if we love Him.
Salvation is also our ticket to heaven. The only way for us to make it to heaven is through Jesus. John 14:6 says, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
How does Jesus give us the light of life?
Jesus gives us hope when there is no hope. He gives us promises when we do not have a promise for tomorrow. Jesus is a friend when we have no one to lean on. He loves us more than we can imagine. He gives us this light of life through salvation. If you've never accepted Jesus as your savior, and you would like to, just cry out to Him. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)
Jesus, I am a sinner. I know that nothing I do here on this earth can earn my place in heaven. I believe you came as the son of God and died to pay my sin debt. Please forgive me of my sins. I invite you into my life to be my Lord and Savior. Help me to live for you, help me to love and trust you, and help me to understand your grace and mercy. Please fill my emptiness with your holy spirit and make me whole. Thank you Lord. Amen.