John 1:6 – There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light that all through him might believe.
Two thousand years ago “Light” came into the world. Not ordinary light, but light that lights every man. This verse strongly implies that before “The Light” there was only darkness. Men were filled with darkness. The prince of darkness ruled throughout mankind.
John was God’s prophetic instrument who pointed to the Light. The Light was a man, Jesus! John testified of Jesus as “the Light.” Later, Jesus testified of Himself as being the light of the world. “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’” (John 8:12). Only through Christ is it possible to have light. It is only in the following of Jesus that one can walk in light. To the world this is an offensive view.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16). The Holy Spirit was sent to indwell each believer as the source of this light. When Jesus told His disciples that they “are the light of the world,” He was not saying light originated in them, but by being joined to Him, they too became “the light of the world.” The Holy Spirit has raised up lights in each successive generation. Today, those who follow Jesus are “the light of the world.”
“We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world. When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, and said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing” (John 9:4-7). “We must work the works,” Jesus included His disciples in this statement and He also included us. Christianity is rooted in doing the works of God. Light is manifested in the works! Jesus said, “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves” (John 14:11-12). It is in doing the “works of God that faith is stirred in the hearts of those yet in darkness.
Church, it is time to arise and do the works of the Father as Jesus modeled. The Holy Spirit has come to empower each believer in the works of God and manifest light to a dark world. Let us say with Jesus, “We must do the works of Him who sent us.” Father, let Your light shine in me. Use me in good works as a light in a darkened world to bring glory to Your great name. Holy Spirit, come and have Your way in me for Jesus’ sake.