I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
TEXT: JOHN 8:12
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Ever get lost in the dark? It is a horrible feeling to be in the dark where you can’t see any light. Electricity is a wonderful invention and all that goes with it. Some people lived and died without it. We have grown to depend on it, and yet we take it for granted. In our text Jesus says He is the light of the world. At the time He was standing beside the candelabra in the court of women at the temple. Those candles represented the cloud by day and fire by night that guided Israel in their wilderness journey. In Jerusalem at the Feast of Tabernacles these candles would be lit and could be seen all over Jerusalem. It was a festival where the people commemorated their wilderness journey. This is His second “I am” statement found in the Gospel of John. The first thing God created was light: Genesis 1:3-4 In this verse we see Jesus’ Persistence. He was determined to speak the Word of God despite the distractions. He arose early to teach in the temple and when he arrived He was confronted by the scribes and Pharisees who had caught a woman taken in adultery (John 8:1-11). Jesus dealt with the distraction and then began teaching. We have a Savior who is determined to speak the Word of God to us. No matter what comes our way there is a still small Voice that still speaks to us. We also see Jesus’ Pronouncement. He declared that He was the light of the world. When He said, “I am” He was declaring Himself to be God. He also said He was the only light. He said I am “the” light not one of many lights. Jesus’ nature is “light”: 1 John 1:5 “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” Matthew Henry, said, “What a dungeon would the world be without the sun! So would it be without Christ by whom light came into the world,” Jesus is the light of both Jew and Gentile “of the world.” Man can only produce artificial light. We also see Jesus’ Promise in this verse. If we follow Him we will not walk in darkness. Jesus Himself was the cloud by day and fire by night that led the children of Israel. The cloud by day and fire by night showed God’s presence. It also showed God’s protection as it stood between Pharaoh and his army. It protected them from the sun and cold. During the daytime the desert temperatures could reach 140 degrees and at night the temperatures could fall to near or below freezing. The cloud also showed God’s guidance. The cloud led them from Egypt to Canaan. Jesus will lead us from the world, through the wilderness, and into heaven. This is God’s great promise. So when Jesus said He was the light of the world it implies many things for the christian. Ultimately, Jesus gives Himself to us. We do not have a physical cloud over us or a fire, but we have the Sinless Son of God as a burning light in our hearts. He is the light and heartbeat of every christian. He is our light!
You are determined to speak to me, You are my God, and You have promised to be my light through this world. Lord I submit myself to You. Let me obey as You speak. Draw me closer to You and let me follow Your leading. In Jesus Name, Amen.