The Gift of Light

Amy Clemens

Read: John 1:1-13

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (vv. 4-5 NIV)

John—apostle, closest friend of Jesus, and Gospel writer—had a unique vantage to say Jesus’ life holds a different kind of light than we’ve ever seen. Imagine housing within yourself life that is the light of all mankind, a light more powerful than any darkness, no matter how impenetrable. Jesus himself says, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12; 9:5). And Paul, who had a blinding experience with the resurrected Jesus, calls the light “unapproachable” (1 Tim. 6:16).

As I ponder the magnitude of this light, what shocks me is that by inviting Jesus to live in us, we share in the gift. Jesus also says we are “the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14).

At church we use a song made popular by Tim Timmons: “The same great light that broke the dark, / the same great peace that calmed the seas, hallelujah, is living in me.” Like Timmons, let’s challenge ourselves during Epiphany: “And what, what if I believed in Your power, and I really lived it? / What, what if I believed Christ in me?” —Amy Clemens

Prayer: Giver of good gifts, thank you for the gift of your life, the Light of the World. May your light shine in and through me to others.