Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12 NLT
At the start of every Olympic game since 1936 is torch lighting. The flame begins its journey in Olympia, Greece, at the site of the ancient games, and travels to whatever destination is hosting the games. In 2024, this is Paris, France.
'The Olympic flame symbolizes the light of spirit, knowledge and life. By passing the flame from one person to another in stages, the Torch Relay expresses the handing down of this symbolic fire from generation to generation."1
This week, we've been looking at the "I am" statements from the Gospel of John. Using the Olympic flame analogy, Jesus is the source of the flame, bringing light into darkness. He did this not for himself but for our benefit.
As Jesus’ followers, we are relay runners carrying the torch of the good news. But, instead of being single runners with one destination, we are many bringing Christ's message to different places. We carry this light everywhere we go, passing it from generation to generation.
The Olympic torch is designed to resist the elements as it is transported. The wind and rain will not extinguish the flame. So likewise, the message of salvation we bring cannot be put out. Sometimes it is challenged by the wind of persecution and the rain of doubt, but the message will prevail. Christ’s light will continue.
Jesus, thank you for bringing your light into this world. When our faith falters and people oppose us, help us remember that your message of hope cannot be extinguished. Help us to be faithful torch-bearers sharing light in the darkness. In your name, we pray. Amen.
1“1936-1992: History Of Olympic Torch Relays.” The Washington Post, WP Company, https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/olympics/longterm/torches/history.htm.