While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
Jesus, as the light of the world, claims authority as your creator, sustainer, and judge. He was with God in the beginning, acting as the author of creation (John 1:3). He created the world in seven days (Gen 2:2); on the first day, He created light (Gen 1:3). Without light, there could be no life on earth. Without Christ’s death and resurrection, there could be no eternal life with God the Father. “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4).
You, who have believed in the name of the only Son of God, now also have His Spirit living inside of you. He sustains you, giving you strength and purpose as you daily live to become an example of His love. It is for this reason that Jesus proclaims, “You are the light of the world… Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matt 5:14-16).
This light inside of you is not your own. The same light that will show others your good works will also reveal every imperfection within you. It’s the natural outcome of exposing darkness to light; everything that was hidden is now clearly seen. “And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the light that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God” (John 3:19-21).