Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12
Ask for a volunteer to stand up, close their eyes and attempt to walk, spin, skip, etc., straight to a certain spot. Then ask them to do the same task with their eyes open.
- Why was it much easier for _____ to do the task the second time?
- Is it easier to do things in the light or the dark?
What things can you see around you in the light? Now close your eyes. Can you see those same things? Of course not! That’s because we need light to be able to see things. Right? How are we able to see at nighttime? That’s right! The lights in our house, on our car, etc.
When we have practice or a game at night, how can we see? That’s right, the lights. Without them, we wouldn’t know what’s in front, behind, and all around us. When we can’t see, we stop moving forward because we don’t know where to go. We are lost until the lights turn back on.
What Jesus is saying in John 8:12 is that He is the true light, not like the sun that sets at night, not like the electric lights at home or school. When we follow Jesus, the darkness cannot stop us any longer because we will have the one true light guiding us in each step we take. God has such a great plan for each one of you, a plan that He has had even before you were born! In Jeremiah, God says, “For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration— “plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jesus wants to walk with us each day so that we can see all the good things that He has planned for us!
“Lord, You are our light. Thank You for helping us through the darkness. Help us know how much You love each one of us! Please help us to be Your light to our friends this week and to show them how much you love them. Amen.”