From HAVEN NEWS in March 2017
“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)
Jesus also said,
“I have come into the world as a light, so that no-one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” (John 12:46)
The dark contains all kinds of unseen dangers, obstacles, wild animals and evil men. So darkness came to represent all that is unknown and sinister and evil. On the other hand, light is a picture of many things: joy and blessing, truth and life and salvation. Into this dark world God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to be the light of the world. To bring light to our darkness. To rescue us from the gloom and sadness and bring us joy and happiness. To set us free from our fears and give us peace and hope. To deliver us from ignorance and bring us knowledge and wisdom. To drive out sinister creeping evil and bring us goodness. Light brings life. Without light there is no life. Apart from God who is the source of all life there is only darkness.
A wise man once said, “There is no greater darkness than a soul that has lost its way.” And it’s true. If you turn your back to the light, all you can see is your own shadow. For the last 2000 years Christians and Churches have been lighting candles to proclaim and celebrate the truth that Jesus Christ is the light of the world – sent so that we need no longer fear the darkness.
On the wall of our hall you may have seen a beautiful tapestry of this inspiring painting by William Holman Hunt, called “The Light of the World”. It represents Jesus standing outside the door of a person’s life. The door has no handle on the outside, but only on the inside. We only need to open the door and step out of the darkness into the light.
The painting is based on these words of Jesus.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person,
and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20)