The Walk

I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life – John 8:12
The apostle Paul reminded the Church at Ephesus to walk worthy of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:1). To walk worthy means to have the light of life. What does it mean to have the light of life?

I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. John 8:12

The phrase walk in darkness depicts a lifestyle opposed to the will of God. In the spiritual realm, men walking in darkness live a life devoid of biblical truth, resulting in godlessness. To have the light of life describes a lifestyle lived harmony with God’s desire for all men, resulting in godliness.

To walk in the light is like walking toward a rising sun. As the sun rises by degrees to light the world, so too does the Son rise by degrees to light soul set upon God. To walk in darkness is similar to walking toward a setting sun, where the shadow absorbs the increasing grades of darkness until all is dark.

While many virtuous accounts have been written about Jesus’ walk on earth, little is said about his holiness among men. Jesus lived flawlessly the entirety of his life, up to and including his last breath on the cross.

How did Jesus Walk?

From his first step as a toddler and thousands upon thousands of steps later to his last at the foot of the cross, Jesus walked without sin (1 Peter 2:22). Imagine wearing a white business suit for 33 years without soiling it? Jesus did, in a manner of speaking. As the unblemished Lamb of God, Jesus was always about his Father’s business (Luke 2:48). Day after day and mile after mile he walked in the Spirit unblemished, accomplishing what would be impossible for any other (Hebrews 4:15).

Had Jesus sinned just once, there would have been no finished work, no worthy sacrifice for the redemption of mankind, and no resurrection for anyone to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). Had he failed, Jesus would have been a short-lived phenomenon, at best a footnote in books about ancient religions of the Middle East.

But Jesus didn’t fail. He was infallible. He was God. Jesus didn’t come to judge you and me; he came to be judged by the Father in your place and mine on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18).

Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). To make good on the most profound promise given among men (Acts 13:23; 1 John 2:25), the perfect walk of Jesus took him to Calvary as the unblemished Lamb of God; and there the wrath of God and the grace of God melded to fulfill John 3:16.

The theology for Jesus’ sinless walk as the Lamb of God is well documented in the Bible and clearly explained at this link:

How did the disciples walk?

As you might imagine, the disciples’ walk was strewn with stumbles and falls and occasional impropriety. Having lived by the way of the Pharisees, they had much to unlearn on the pathway to glory. Now imagine the disciples coming to a sign with the following message: If you decide to go on, there is no turning back. If you turn back now, you will never know what could have been.

Does the Bible have such a message? Absolutely it does! Jesus said:

If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul (Matthew 16:24–26)?

What was Jesus saying? Where was he taking the disciples?

Jesus was taking them to a decision point, explaining that turning back keeps the world as it is for them; but to go on changes everything forever (Luke 14:33). The New Testament bears witness to this fundamental truth about persisting in the faith (Hebrews 10:23). Not surprisingly, most people upon hearing the need to change their life turn around and go back to the world, never knowing what could have been (Matthew 7:14).

Everyone who hears the Gospel comes face-to-face with Matthew 16:24–26: the choice is between Jesus and self. Sooner or later, today or tomorrow, and one and all decide what to do about Jesus. We either choose to follow him forever or turn back to never knowing what could have been.

Here’s the point: What was true for the disciples then is true for you and me today. The Bible pulls no punches when it says, For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18).

About walking worthy in the light, Donald W Ekstrand writes,

One of the most comforting passages in all Scripture for us as believers is this—all true believers “walk and live in the realm of light”—not in the “realm of darkness.” That does not mean we are “perfect” or “don’t sin”—it simply means that God is an integral part of our lives; in short, both by God’s choice and by our choice, we are now in partnership with Him and each other! [1]

To miss this truth about the need to walk worthy in the light is to miss the love of Christ and the glory of what could have been. The words of Jesus stand unchallenged:

I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life (John 8:12).

In closing, you are invited to listen to a song composed by David Hass: Look to Christ (link). It is a beautiful invitation to come to Christ, walk with Christ and live!

Part 3 – The Trial __________________________________________________________________________

Follow Me – Overview

  • Part 1 – The Call
  • Part 2 – The Walk
  • Part 3 – The Trial
  • Part 4 – The Cross
  • Part 5 – The Pardon
  • Part 6 – The Life
  • Part 7 – The Change
  • Part 8 – The Glory
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    [1] Ekstrand, Donald W – Soul Transformation – Xulon Press – Kindle Edition

    All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.

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    1 Comment

    1. Jim on September 22, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      This is a great article…

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