Are You Afraid of the . . . Light?
Our 40 Days of Hope journey continues on Sunday as we reflect on the next “I Am” statement in John’s Gospel. In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.”
Think about the multiple benefits of light. It illuminates, warms, gives life, and penetrates darkness.
Light also reveals. In John’s Gospel, we read that human beings often fear this aspect of light. We know that light exposes what can be hidden in darkness. So, some folks are afraid of the . . . light!
On February 3, in an Orange County, California suburb, a plane crashed — tragically killing the pilot and four people on the ground. It was truly a sad episode. As investigators began examining the wreckage, they discovered a police badge once owned by a retired Chicago Policeman #15599. That one piece of evidence led authorities to uncover an amazing story.
The pilot of the plane was Antonio Pastini. He was a well-known restaurant owner who had purported to be a retired Chicago police officer. However, the Chicago Police Department has now claimed that there is no record of him ever serving on the force and the particular badge found in the plane wreckage was reported as stolen back in 1978!
Puzzled, investigators have found that Pastini was actually born back in the 1940’s and was originally named Jordan Albert Isaacson. Sometime later, he changed his name to Jordan Aaron. While living under his new name, he owned a sushi restaurant in Carson City and actually ran for public office in Arizona. He then changed his name to Antonio Pastini and claimed to be a former Chicago policeman. He had two Social Security numbers, 4 ex-wives, and multiple bank accounts under the two names. In fact, in 2000, his incorporation filings for his business listed Antonio Pastini as the CEO and Jordan Aaron as the President!
Wow! Who knows why this man had multiple names, Social Security numbers, and bank accounts? Only the light of an investigation has made all of this public. The story is still unfolding as I write this article.
But—it made me think about how fearful people are of light. Jesus is the Light of the World. He lights our path. He overcomes darkness. He reveals the will of the Father. He warms the depth of our souls. He gives life. And—He exposes what is hidden.
As we continue our Easter journey, let’s commit ourselves to walk in the light of our Savior —– the Light of the World!