“I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” - John 8:12
Jesus calls Himself many things in the gospels. The Way, the Truth, the Life. The Son of Man. The Son of God. The Bread of life.
What does He mean by the Light? He means to say that He has brought the ability to see into the world, implying that true sight was not possible before Him. Two thousand years ago, the manifestation of God on earth fundamentally shifted the way human beings could see and understand the world.
The term ‘black and white’ refers to binary/dualistic thinking. When there is little light, you can only see shadows. No colors. Jesus came and brought life to the world. He brought color into the world. He fulfilled the Law (which is dualistic in nature) and gave to us a three dimensional mode of thinking.
Logic operates in dualism. Valid/Invalid - True/False - Yes/No - 1/0 - Black/White
Christ, as the Light of the world, brings a new way of seeing the world, no longer as black and white, but in vivid color.
The Law gave birth to Christ, so that Christ could fulfill and transcend the Law.
The Logos became flesh, so that we might come into relationship with the Truth.
To follow Christ is to act on the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God cannot be acted on by following a series of steps. He can only be followed by engaging in constant prayer and faithfulness. We have all come short of the glory of God, but each moment is a new opportunity to repent and admit that we have not been seeking God as earnestly as we could.
God is always willing to forgive us. But it is we who are not always willing to ask for forgiveness.
“I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.“ - Psalm 145:1