“…I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” - John 8:12 (NLT)
In 1927 a submarine collided with a Coast Guard destroyer off the coast of Cape Cod. The collision tore a gaping hole in the hull, flooding the submarine. The initial accident killed most of the 40-man crew, but six men in the torpedo room were sealed off by watertight doors. They were safe, but nobody knew for how long.
The Navy scrambled to deploy rescue vessels to save as many men as possible before it was too late. Divers’ dove into the depths of the icy Atlantic. As if the situation was not already bad enough, a storm suddenly moved into the area.
Despite seemingly impossible odds, rescue crews continued with their efforts. As divers got closer to the submarine, they heard the survivors tapping from the inside in Morse Code: “Is there any hope?”
Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve asked the question, “Is there any hope?” Perhaps your life currently feels hopeless.
Maybe things aren’t going well in your marriage, and you and your spouse are ready to call it quits. Maybe things are piling up at work, or you’re out of work and can’t seem to find a job. Maybe you got some bad news from the doctor, and you know life will never be the same again. Or maybe you’re just going through the motion’s day-in and day-out, but nothing seems to fill you with a sense of purpose or joy.
In today’s verse, Jesus tells us He is the light of the world. What Jesus means by that is He is the only source of real and lasting hope. He’s not just a good man or a teacher who communicates ABOUT hope and truth; He is the source OF hope and truth. The hope you need most in your life can only be found by following Jesus with your life.
When you give your life to Christ and choose to follow Him, He will fill you with His hope and love and guide you through any storms you might face. His saving grace will never run out.
Friend, you don’t have to live another minute without hope! Let Jesus light the way for you.
- If you’ve never made the decision to follow Jesus, and you’re ready to give your life to Him, pray this prayer right where you are:
"Dear God, I believe You sent Your Son, Jesus, to die for my sins so I can be forgiven. I’m sorry for my sins, and I want to live the rest of my life the way You want me to. Please put Your Spirit in my life to direct me. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
- If you prayed that prayer for the first time, we would love to hear about it and celebrate with you. Send us an email at email@example.com and let us know.
What’s one area in your life where you need hope the most right now?