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May 13 – Jesus, the light of the world

“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, 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 

Scripture reading: John 1:1-14

When Jesus says that He is the Light of the world, He is telling us that there is darkness in this world. Without Jesus Christ in our lives, we are in deep spiritual darkness. Without Jesus, our hearts and lives are full of darkness and selfish sins. When we are unsaved, we love the darkness rather than the Light! We love our sins!

The worst thing is that the prince of darkness, the devil, blinds our minds and hearts, so that we don’t desire the glorious Light of Jesus to shine into our hearts. It’s just like a spider who has weaved his web in a dark corner. There comes the fly. Because of a lack of light, it flies right into the web…

Immediately, the spider jumps on the poor fly… It is totally trapped and ready to be killed. This is a picture of Satan’s work. He blinds us for the danger of sin so that He can bring sinners to hell.

But when the Sun of Righteousness, Jesus Christ, the Light of the World shines into our hearts, brighter than the sun, we begin to see our sins. We begin to understand how we are being trapped by our sins. Praise God, Jesus’ power is far more powerful than the darkness of sin! It will drive out our sins. We begin to hate our sins and we begin to love the Light. We want the Light, just like sunflowers, that constantly turn their heads toward the light.

Suggestions for prayer

Thank God when He has shined in your heart to take away the darkness of sin. Pray that you will have a deep desire to walk in Jesus’ light.

Rev. Pieter van der Hoek served the Heritage Reformed Church of Burgessville ON Canada since May 2017. This year he took a call to the Heritage Reformed Church of Hull, Iowa USA. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. It is also available in print, for purchase, at  


"Be Fruitful and Multiply" tour comes to Albertan April 19-22

Families are having fewer babies, and the world’s population is expected to peak and then decline later this century. The world isn’t prepared for the impact that this is going to have. However, what may be the greatest challenge of this century can also be a huge opportunity for the Church to shine…. if we embrace the blessing of children, and are prepared to raise them faithfully.

In this presentation, Reformed Perspective’s Mark Penninga will unpack data, history, and God’s Word to make the case for embracing the gift of children with open arms.


Ages 16-116, single or married, children or no children, these presentations are suitable for all mature Christians.


Edmonton: April 19 at 7:30 pm at Immanuel Canadian Reformed Church

Barhead: April 20 at 7:30 pm at Emmanuel United Reformed Church

Ponoka: April 22 at 7:30 pm at Parkland Reformed Church


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