Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
To the woman caught in adultery, Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more” (John 8:11). He gave her the gift of no condemnation so that she would have the strength to “go and sin no more.” But do you know what Jesus said next? He said, “I am the light of the world…”
Many of us, when we hear how Jesus is the light of the world, are afraid to face Jesus because we think that His light will expose all our sins. Perhaps you have heard preachers say, “Don’t you for one moment think that you can hide your sin! Jesus, the light of the world, will expose your sin to everyone!” Many of us think that that’s what “the light of the world” does—He exposes our sins.
But look at the context in which Jesus declared that He is the light of the world. He had just saved the woman and exposed the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. This tells me that the light of Jesus in your life does not condemn, humiliate or shame you. The light of Jesus in your life shows how perfectly cleansed you are by His blood! It shows the efficacy of His blood and the perfection of His work at Calvary.
Beloved, don’t be afraid to come into God’s presence. His light is not there to show up your sins. It’s there to show how beautiful, radiant and glorious you are because of Christ’s finished work! Begin to see yourself in this same light and expect to reign in life because you have been made righteous and glorious by what Christ has done!