The human soul experiences no greater freedom than when the light of God removes from it the burden of sin. Jesus came to free us. In the middle of the road that day, Jesus began to shine. He showed her that her sins were forgiven and He showed us that our sins are forgiven at the cross. He took the brunt of our sins so that we could be free by His Grace in our lives. This bears repeating: all our sins have been forgiven. All of our condemnation was conquered at the cross.
Please don’t dismiss this message. We are tempted, if we have been in church for a long time, to go right over the fact that sin destroys lives and that God’s light dispels sin and its impact. We might see it as elementary. But it’s not. It is vital to know that sin is the main issue we face today. Sin, ignored and dismissed by the world, is killing people quite literally. We have to wake up to the destructive force that sin is before more people are lost due to ignorance, lies and self-deception.
Jesus declared He is the Light of the World and He came to address the power of sin. He declared He is Light of the World because He wanted to address human need, brokenness, sickness and disease. Jesus came “as a light into the world, that whoever believes in” Him “should not abide in darkness.” (John 12:46) Inside Jesus is life, and the life is the light of men. “And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness” cannot “comprehend it.” (John 1:4, 5) Jesus came as the only light that demons, sin, corruption and darkness could not put out.