I am the Light
This Sunday, we turn back to John 8:12 to consider the I AM statement there, “I am the light of the world.” We’ll consider the beauty in both the dark and the light. We’ll wrestle with the lessons that we learn and the ways we meet God in the dark and in the light. We’ll also consider what kind of light Jesus shines into darkness. We’ll consider how we are called to shine light and to experience dark. We’ll ask what the Lenten experience is of darkness and light.
Specifically during this final week in Black History Month, we’ll talk about race. Some of us have darker skin or lighter skin. Jesus and the gospel writer John didn’t intend to make a statement about skin color when they referred to dark and light. However, sometimes the metaphorical language of dark and light gets personal in our context. Darker skinned people have been, and often still are, treated differently than lighter skinned people partly because of oppression that came from within the Christian church. We are people of the great I AM, which means that we are people called to truth and justice. The sermon this week will challenge us to seek and find justice in our context of dark and light.