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Scripture: John 8:12

“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” NLT

Reflection.

The definition of a shadow given by the Oxford Dictionary is “a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between light rays and a surface.”  When an object blocks light from a light source, it creates a shadow, which is a dark area. It takes up the entire three-dimensional space behind a light-emitting object. According to Wikipedia, a shadow’s cross section is a two-dimensional silhouette or a backward projection of the object that is blocking the light.

In actuality, when I was a child and growing up, I was incredibly afraid of shadows. This happens most frequently after I watch a horror movie and decide to use the washroom right away, at which point I notice my own shadow. Hmmm! I would look everywhere for assistance, stumbling over things that do not exist. This happened repeatedly, but as I got older and received Jesus, I understood that, when seen in a light, shadows are merely reflections of people. Meaning: Shadows do not exist in the dark. I was always told by my older brother not to be afraid of shadows because they only appear where there is light. He continued to demonstrate that whenever I see my shadow, I should either run to a dark area, where it will vanish. But it worked when I tried it. I was able to conclude from this that shadows are not actual images.

This is also true for some people who have a strong passion for things that don’t exist. They struggle to let go of whatever they have believed or learned over the years and hold onto it for a long time. eventually realizing that they are all shadows. Some people might have shadows, long time in the dark without noticing their shadows; only after entering the light do they acknowledge that there is a shadow.

I like referring to the Biblref.com, and here is what it says- “”Light,” for the Jewish person, was the ultimate ideal, a representation of salvation, knowledge, and goodness. For Jesus to claim to be the “light of the world” was no small thing. In fact, it is a claim to equality with God. Even further, the Greek of this passage indicates Jesus’ claim to be “the” light, not merely “a” light. In the text’s original Greek, Christ says “Egō eimi to phos tou kosmou,” which explicitly claims He is the single, solitary source of “light.”

 In a broader sense, this means that those who follow Christ will never perpetually “walk” in darkness even though they may stumble into it (John 12:46; Psalm 36:9). To put it another way, it is not a guarantee that you will always walk in the Light while following Jesus, or rather, you will always have in abundance as a disciple of Jesus, but you may occasionally stumble into darkness, which is a symbol for difficulties, pain, shame, illness, or whatever else you associate with darkness. The most important thing to remember is that your world does not end when you fall into darkness. As stated in the Bible, “they will never perpetually walk in it.” Wow! Isn’t it wonderful to know that whatever difficulties you are currently facing are only momentary and that you will overcome them?

I want to conclude by pleading with you to choose to follow Jesus as the light of your world rather than those hollow shadows, which I will refer to as the things of life that lead to death and darkness. The good news is that He made promises to us about what it will be like to follow Him. Friends, let me conclude by introducing myself to you once more with the bold statement, “If you follow Jesus, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

Prayer.

Please, help us oh Lord to follow you rather following shadows in Jesus mighty name, Amen.

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God bless you all……..

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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