This combination of images came to mind as I was setting in church yesterday morning:
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
Christ– the light of the world –is said to be “the head of the church, the body of which he is the Savior” (Ephesians 5:23). And when we recognize this light, we subordinate our personal headship to the headship of Christ–realizing simultaneously, however, that we, too, are the light of the world:
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).
What if recognizing the light of the world really were a precondition of Christian baptism? What if everyone who names the name of Christ truly knew who they are?
“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light” (Psalm 36:9).
“In him was life, and the life was the light of men . . . the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world” (John 1:4,9).
“If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another” (I John 1:7).
Are you aware of awareness? Are you walking in the light? Do you lean into this moment? Do you know the living Christ?
Or are you simply stipulating to a set of “beliefs” about Jesus of Nazareth and the Bible?
“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life” (John 5:39-40).