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Dash of Salt 005 - The Light of the World

John 8:12 NIV

The Bible Says... “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."

Just a Dash

In honor of MLK Day, I am reminded of Dr. King’s words:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that”

In this scripture, Jesus declares that He is the Light of the World and those who follow Him have the light of life. Much of what Jesus sought to have people understand was met with great controversy, because his teachings were not aligned with those of the administration of that time. The Pharisees challenged Jesus’ testimony that He was “The Light of the World”. Humanity has always sought to condemn that which it could not control, and light has always had the power to completely overcome darkness.

Many of Dr. King’s teachings were also controversial because he sought to drive out darkness with light. His teachings were rooted in showing the love of Christ to our fellow man, regardless of the differences between us. Rather than meeting oppressors with their own hatred, his teachings encouraged his followers to drive out that hatred with love.

In an age of political unrest and mounting prejudices against African Americans and minorities, it must have seemed almost comical that all that was needed to drive out so much hatred, bigotry and prejudice was “light”, especially being surrounded by, and subject to, so much violence and destruction. But when we’re reminded that our light is Jesus Christ, it turns out Dr. King was absolutely right! Only Christ can overcome the darkness of our world. As followers of Christ, we have the light of life. No darkness can exist where light is, because the light of Christ, OUR light, will always drive out darkness.

A Pinch More

It’s often in our darkest times that we forget about the light of Christ within us and seek a glimmer of light from outside sources.

In what areas of your life are you walking in darkness?

How would you like Christ to show up and illuminate your circumstances?

Origin Date 21 Jan 2019

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