11th June 2019

I Am the Light of the World

“Then Jesus spoke to them again saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’”
John 8:12 (NKJV)

In the second in this series on the seven “ I AMs” in John, we again find Jesus focused on teaching about his true identity. This statement comes right after the woman taken in adultery was brought by her accusers to the temple where Jesus was teaching. Their motive was simply to use the woman to try and trap Jesus, who quickly turned their accusations back on themselves (verses 2-11). The self-righteous Pharisees were caught in their own trap by Jesus’ simple comment, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” That’s a useful lesson for us today, to be careful not to become self-righteous and judgmental about others, when we too are sinners in some area.

But why make this statement at this time? Well, what does light do? It illuminates and dispels darkness. In the actions of the Pharisees, Jesus has just seen the darkness of carnal human nature. He does not want anyone to have to walk in that darkness, though He knows many will, some by accident, some by design. Although the Pharisees here don’t know or understand his true identity, He does and shares this in the statement quoted in the header scripture.

Now He shares this truth, that if we follow Jesus, however imperfectly in our actions, but motivated by the right attitude in our heart, we too can walk in His light. Indeed, our ‘work’ is to reflect the light of God to a world in darkness (Matthew 5:14-16). Jesus was, and is, the true spiritual light we are to follow; so again we see the need to stay in a close relationship. How do we do so and reflect the light of God? Psalm 119:105 gives us the answer, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” As in John 8:12 above, Jesus tells us that only by following him will we have the light of life, real light, the light of everlasting life. Yet another incredible promise from God, who alone has the power to fulfil them.

Prayer
Loving Father, we live in a dark world, often without realising it. How wonderful that, through Christ, the true light of love shines into this world. Help us, Father, to humbly and sincerely reflect that light to all we come into contact with. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick
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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

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