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
It can be meaningful to linger on a theme, word or topic for an extended period of time. For me, as I indicated in an earlier blog blog post, I am reflecting on what it means to follow Christ. This theme is very meaningful as I continue my journey through Israel. Today I am travelling to Nazareth, the place where Jesus grew up. And following some sightseeing there I am then headed to Jerusalem for four days.
Yesterday I did a search on the word follow and discovered that there are several passages throughout the Old and New Testaments that use the word “follow.” One Scripture in particular that caught my attention was the one quoted above. It’s a verse where Jesus is quoted as saying he is the “light” and those who follow him “will not walk in darkness.” I don’t know about you, but there are times when I feel like I am stumbling around trying to figure out life, searching for the way that I am support to go. Jesus reminded me this morning that I, in fact none of us, are alone on the journey.
To “follow” Christ means to be accompanied by Jesus. To “follow” means to go with Jesus somewhere. The Greek word for follow is akoloutheō, and it can be nuanced the following ways: come after; accompany, go along with,; be a disciple, follow; follow, obey; follow. (That’s from a a Greek lexicon.)
Anyways, to wrap up: we are invited (asked) to follow Christ, but we are never asked to do it alone because to follow Jesus means to be on a journey with Jesus.
Blessings on the journey, may you sense yourself accompanied by Him.
Shalom from Jerusalem,
This photo was taken today on the Israeli side of the Jordan River, but in the background is the Jordanian side of the Jordan River.
The Reverend Carmen Kampman is a woman on the road of leadership. Ordained with the PAOC, she is a steward of God’s call to women in ministry, and the founder of LEAD Women, a ministry equipping Christian women for leadership. She is also VP of Advancement at Horizon College & Seminary, and a graduate student in the Masters of Leadership program at Briercrest Seminary. Through study, discipline, and passionate encouragement, Carmen cultivates the deep wells of God’s grace and invites others to journey with her, to discover for themselves who they are and how God is calling them to where they want to be.