Every day we are pitched thousands of products that promise life: Buy this piece of technology and you will have life. Purchase this home and you will have life. Wear this article of clothing and you will have life. Use this product and you will have life. Follow this person on social media and you will have life.
Jesus enters this noisy arena of empty promises and sets himself up a the singular path to finding life: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. (John 8:12 ESV)
Those who have followed Jesus, know that what he claims is true. Something miraculous happens when we follow him. We come alive. We find a moral center. We are in on a countercultural revolution that leads to life. We no long stumble in the darkness trying to figure out a path forward. We get the wisdom needed to experience a quality of life that many only dream of experiencing. The great second-century Church Father, Irenaeus once said: The glory of God is a human being fully alive.In other words, we were made to be fully alive. And Jesus is the savior who gets us there. So fix your eyes on Jesus and follow him. He is light and life.