v 46 I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.
It is not God’s plan that we should go on living in the dark. We should not think of blindness as being God’s desired option for all of humanity for all time and eternity. Jesus came to be the light that dispelled this dark and bleak existence. But this verse brings us to the nub of how this happens; Jesus puts it this way: ‘all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark ‘
It is our task to demonstrate practically and announce verbally what it means to put our trust, our confidence, our hope, in Jesus. This is the fundamental task of the new community which we call Church. Of course we love people, care for people, welcome people, and live out our lives with all grace and truthfulness. But our ambition is to shine out with the light of Christ in such a way that others discover how to trust Him and yearn to walk in the light with Him. Our reading today begins with these words: ‘ Despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him.‘ It was not the miracles that changed the course of history – it was the light of God shining into the darkness of the world and dispelling dark blindness.