The ten thousand torii gates of Fushimi Inari-taisha is one of the most beautiful sights I have seen in Kyoto. But aside from the beautiful shrine and its gates, there is also one thing that captured my attention – the lanterns that hung above the torii gates. They illuminate the path during the night, just enough light so it would not be dangerous to walk and not so bright as not to spoil the mood.
The Bible also speaks of illumination in Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” In a world where the streets are darkened by our sinfulness and the roads with our brokenness, God’s word reveals the path we should take. Its light burns steadfastly during the day and throughout the night. It keeps us from stumbling over obstacles along the way. It guides and leads us to the way everlasting.
In the same way, Jesus is both the light and the lamp that will never falter. He said it himself, “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)