Following the Light of the World


This light is a person. How do we follow him?  Who is he?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.

John 1:1-5

Who is this Word? This passage tells us he was not only with God but was God. It also tells us that in him is life – the light – and that darkness cannot overcome it. Let’s read a little more.

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him and exclaimed, “This was the one of whom I said, ‘The one coming after me ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.’”

(John 1:14-15)

Now we see that the Word took on flesh and lived in the world. This Word, who is also God, can be no other than Jesus. So, even though John was conceived before Jesus, he did exist before John. It’s all a mystery for our human minds but not for God. Jesus is God Incarnate. We see him as the Son of God, the second Person of the Trinity. Because of Him we know God.

No one has ever seen God. The one and only Son, who is himself God and is at the Father’s side—he has revealed him.

(John 1:18)

Jesus is the Light of the World who leads us out of darkness into the light.


The word remain is a synonym of the word abide, which is my main #oneword focus this year. If I believe what Jesus said and continue to learn how to abide in Him, I won’t remain in darkness. The darkness may come, but it can’t completely block the light. So, no matter what comes against me or tries to overwhelm, I will never be totally in the dark. God is always with me and in Him there is
always hope.

One way to abide in Christ is to read and meditate on scripture. Because it is the word of God, my mind is enlightened and transformed by it. As I read, meditate and pray I am following the light of the world – Jesus.

What about you?

What does it mean to you to abide in Christ?

If you have chosen a #oneword, can you share it?

I’m linking up with: #InspireMeMonday, #oneword2023 with Lisa Burgess, #TeaAndWord

8 thoughts on “Following the Light of the World

  1. Dear Gayl. I love how these Scriptures about light fit in with my #oneword of glory. The light of Christ is glorious! Thank you for your encouragement here today, to keep my eyes watching for His light even in the midst of dark times. Blessings, love, and hugs dear sister.

    1. Dear Bettie, thank you so much for your ongoing encouragement! Yes, they do fit right in with your word. It’s really interesting how so many words do overlap and work together. Blessings, love and hugs to you, too, my dear sister! xoxo

  2. “I will never be totally in the dark..” – love this, Gayl. It makes such a difference when we know who is the Truth; we can combat the darkness with what we know and who He is! I want everyone to know this.

  3. Abide is such a strong word. It immediately brings to my mind abiding in Christ every time I hear it, and I’m glad to see that here in your post. 🙂

    1. Lisa, I think the same as you whenever I hear the word, abide. I always think of the scripture where Jesus is the vine and we, the branches, are to abide in Him. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings to you! xo

  4. To me, abiding in Christ means that I’m learning to live from that place in Him. You are so right, reading and meditating on the Word is the way to learn to abide. My One Word is Intentional.

    1. Yes, “learning to live from that place in Him.” It’s something we all need to remember, isn’t it? I had intentional as a word a few years ago. It was a good one! Blessings to you!

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