"Here comes the sun, and I say, it's all right…." – George Harrison
1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (NIV)
"Here Comes the Sun" is one of the few major hits George Harrison contributed to the Beatles, but the song showed what a marvellous songwriter he is. This is a simple song of belief that better days are ahead, equating the emergence of spring and sunrises with an improved future. What a marvellous thought!
The use of the sun as a symbol of better times is nothing new. The ancient Egyptians revered the sun god more than any of their gods. It is like a symbol of renewal, the start of a new day in which everything is new and the possibilities are endless.
Now two thousand years ago, we had a sunrise like no other, when our Lord and Saviour came to this world and gave his life so that we could share in His kingdom. John is conveying the message of light in his first letter as Jesus Himself did when He was in this world — "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12). But what John says in the first chapter of his first letter is startling. In verse 6, he says "God is light"; then in verse 7, "If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another". We are not instructed to walk "with" the light, but "in" the light. It is not enough to try to be a buddy to God, walking along the street chatting about the weather and the baseball box scores from yesterday. We must become a full partner, walking in step, knowing each other intimately, like an absolute best friend.
That probably makes it sound easy, and most of us already know it is not. We have a chasm of sin that separates us from God, and the only way to get there is to make Jesus our best friend. The first step in making Jesus our best friend is confessing our sin to Him and getting close enough to walk in His light. As Christians, we know that Jesus died on the cross for us and conquered death, and that He will return again one day. So if we want to figure out whether or not we are trying to walk "in the light", the first question we should ask ourselves is, "Are we truly looking forward to the day when we can say, 'Here Comes the Son'?"
Prayer: – Father, thank You for sending Your Son to be the light of the world. Help us to walk in the paths that You want us to, and put ourselves into Your light. Amen.