The Light of the World for Toddlers

Jesus said “I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will not walk in Darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12). This key verse talks about light and darkness, physically things we can see. It says Jesus is the light, he shines in our darkness. I read this verse to the girls while they played with light and darkness. There are several ways you could explore this verse. Last time we read it, we played with Tea Lights during tummy time. This time we had a glowstick bath.

Glowstick Bath

All you need is a pack of glowsticks and a warm bath. Put the glowsticks in the bathtub and have fun. You can count the glowsticks and talk about the colors for extra language development, or simply enjoy the sensory.

*Safety tip: Always supervise your kids in the water. Also, make sure you can see your kids. The bathroom does NOT have to be super dark for this to work, just dimly lit. So leave the door cracked open if you are in a window-less bathroom, and make sure you can see those babies to keep them safe.

Other Ideas

As I mentioned above, you can put electric tea lights in toss n’ go cups for tummy time fun.

You could also simply let your little one run around the house with a flashlight ( a daily activity over here).

These activities work for discussing John 8:12, Genesis 1:3, and Psalm 119:105.

What’s the Point

David Guzick in his commentary of this passage points us to the fact that Jesus said this during the Feast of Tabernacles. This festival remembered when the Israelites wondered through the wilderness. Light was an important element of this celebration, because it symbolized the pillar of fire that lit their way. There were great lanterns lit in the temple every night during the festival to symbolize the pillar. When Jesus says “I am the light of the world,” he is equating himself with this great light, which they understood to be God. Jesus was saying follow me, and I will lead you. I am the light that will show you the way to go.

We can trust Christ when we are in spiritual darkness. He will show us the way when we are in the wilderness. Let us wait on him in these seasons where sometimes we don’t see the point. Sometimes we don’t understand where he is taking us. It is ok to not know. But let us trust that he is lighting the way and leading us to the promised land.

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