Jesus Is The Light Of The World
Christ is the Light of the world. God is light, and Christ is the image of the invisible God. One sun enlightens the whole world, so does one Christ, and there needs no more. What a dark dungeon would the world be without the sun! So would it be without Jesus, by whom light came into the world. Those who follow Christ shall not walk in darkness. They shall not be left without the truths, which are necessary to keep them from destroying error, and the directions in the way of duty, necessary to keep them from condemning sin.
Then Jesus spoke out again, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (NET)
That is a wonderful promise. There is nothing we need more in this world today than light in our path. People are walking in darkness. Later on in this very gospel Jesus declares, “He that walks in darkness does not know where he is going,” (John 12:35). How many people do not know where they are going, not only after they leave this life, but even down the road a little. They have no idea of what is ahead; they are running into disaster and they cannot even see it coming. But the man who has light can see what is in his pathway.
The light spoken of here is Jesus and the absolute life He gives (John 1:4-9). The darkness is spiritual death and the sin it produces. When we follow Jesus, we are walking in light. If we are walking in darkness, we are not following Jesus.
Just as life cannot be sustained here on earth without the light of the sun, so life as God intended us to have it cannot be realized without the light of God’s Son, Jesus.
One of the major messages in this Gospel is that the spiritual light is now shining, but people cannot comprehend it—and they try to put it out (John 1:4-5).
Not all of the Jewish leaders had left the group, and others had no doubt come along after the woman left. As usual, they debated with Jesus. This time, they accused Him of bearing witness to Himself by claiming to be the Light of the world; and Jewish courts would not permit a person to bear witness to himself.
But light has to bear witness to itself! The only people who cannot see the light are blind people!
Living the Christ in You Life
The Gospel of John is uniquely structured around seven “I am” sayings. Most of these sayings are linked to a miracle that brings further revelation of that truth through the manifestation of the Spirit. We are to know Jesus in spirit and in truth. To walk in faith we must know the truth of who Jesus is and experience by the Spirit the reality of that truth. It is vital that our faith be more than just head knowledge, but that our hearts and lives are affected by that truth. Faith is not static but dynamic.
Follow Jesus who is the Light of the World; in Him is the light of life. The light of Jesus brings sight to both the spiritually and physically blind. Do the works of Jesus while there is still opportunity.
Let’s continue with the story….
Pharisees: Jesus, what You are claiming about Yourself cannot possibly be true. The only person bearing witness is You.
John 8:13 (VOICE)
Perhaps the Pharisees were quoting our Lord’s own words (see John 5:31ff); but He quickly refuted their argument. One of the key words in this section is witness; it is used seven times. Jesus made it clear that their witness was not dependable because their judgment was faulty. They judged on the basis of externals, mere human judgment, but He judged on the basis of spiritual knowledge. The way they judged the woman taken in adultery proved that they neither understood the Law nor their own sinful hearts.
Jesus: Even if I am making bold claims about Myself—who I am, what I have come to do—I am speaking the truth. You see, I know where I came from and where I will go when I am done here. You know neither where I come from nor where I will go. You spend your time judging by the wrong criteria, by human standards; but I am not here to judge anyone. If I were to judge, then My judgment would be based on truth; but I would not judge anyone alone. I act in harmony with the One who sent Me. Your law states that if the testimonies of two witnesses agree, their testimony is true. Well, I testify about Myself, and so does the Father who sent Me here.
John 8:14-18 (VOICE)
Since they wanted to use the Law to condemn the woman and trap the Savior, Jesus also used the Law to answer them. He quoted a principle found in Deuteronomy 17:6 and 19:15, as well as Numbers 35:30, that the testimony of two men was required to validate a judgment. Jesus had those two testimonies: He gave witness and so did His Father. We have seen from John 5:37-47 that the witness of the Father is found in the Word of God.
How tragic that these experts in the Law did not even know their own Messiah as He stood before them! They claimed to know the Law of God, but they did not know the God of the Law. They did not have His Word abiding in their hearts (John 5:38), nor did they experience His love (John 5:42). They did not know the Father, and therefore did not know the Son.
Pharisees: Where is the Father who testifies on Your behalf?
Jesus: You don’t know the Father or Me. If you knew Me, then you would also know the Father.
John 8:19 (VOICE)
Jesus never really answered their question,
“Where is the Father?”
The word father is used twenty-one times in this chapter, so Jesus did not avoid the issue but faced it honestly. He knew that their “father” was not God—but the devil! These men were religious, and yet they were the children of the devil!
Jesus said all of these things in the treasury while He was teaching in the temple; followers and opponents alike gathered to hear Him, but none of His enemies tried to seize Him because His time had not yet come.
John 8:20 (VOICE)
Their further attempts to arrest Jesus were again thwarted by the Father, for it was not yet our Lord’s hour when He should give His life. When the servant of God is in the will of God, he can have courage and peace as he does his duty.
This makes the point that regardless of what is in the hearts of people, if we believe in God’s protection and power as Jesus did, we can have it.
DECLARATION OF FAITH
Jesus is the Light of my life. I no longer walk in darkness, but have His illumination and enlightenment to guide me.
Jesus has brought me into an intimate relationship with Himself. He is my friend, my Lord, my Savior, and my brother. I both know Him and am known by Him.
I know our Father intimately as well. He is my dad (Abba) and is ever-watching over me.
I pray this declaration of faith in Jesus’ name, Amen.