A Lenten Journey: The Wilderness Trail — Day Twenty-Nine


John 18:12-20, The Message

Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.”

The Pharisees objected, “All we have is your word on this. We need more than this to go on.”

Jesus replied, “You’re right that you only have my word. But you can depend on it being true. I know where I’ve come from and where I go next. You don’t know where I’m from or where I’m headed. You decide according to what you can see and touch. I don’t make judgments like that. But even if I did, my judgment would be true because I wouldn’t make it out of the narrowness of my experience but in the largeness of the One who sent me, the Father. That fulfills the conditions set down in God’s Law: that you can count on the testimony of two witnesses. And that is what you have: You have my word and you have the word of the Father who sent me.”

They said, “Where is this so-called Father of yours?”

Jesus said, “You’re looking right at me and you don’t see me. How do you expect to see the Father? If you knew me, you would at the same time know the Father.”

He gave this speech in the Treasury while teaching in the Temple. No one arrested him because his time wasn’t yet up.

He fairly radiates light,
doesn’t he?

The Light of the World,
he said.
That’s me.
The truest reflection
of the Father in heaven
you’ll ever see.

And all that light
gives him a wider,
much wider,
space in which to

And then he said,
‘YOU are the light of the world.’

Say what?


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  1. I love the shock value of that last line, Diana! With so few words you highlighted the implausibility of our position, that as we accept his light, we also become light. What an amazing transformation he engineers, exchanging our darkness for his glorious light. What an incredible privilege we enjoy, reflecting his light to others.

  2. Oh, wow! Reminding us so boldly that we, too, are to be the light, His light! Wonderful! Blessings, Diana!

  3. Light of the world because He is light. Good thoughts. I love the connections you make.