Jesus is the Light of the World

by Lloyd Cherry

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." John 8:12

I am…. Jesus gave his own testimony of himself in this second “I am” statement found in the Gospel of John. These declarations would be interpreted by his hearers as clear proclamations that he, indeed, was God (see 8:58-59). The seven “ I am” statements are Messianic and express his relationship to the world.

The light… “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5) This is a statement of absolute truth. Jesus was without sin. His moral purity contrasts the darkness and evil of sin and it’s deceit in the heart of man. His words…his promises are clear and reliable. “Through him all things were made that have been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” (John 1:3-5) Light bears witness to itself. By its very essence, it tells you it is there. A lighthouse needs not an interpretation. It shows the way to safety. If ignored, it will lead to destruction.

Of the World… “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” (John 1:9) Jesus is the light by which all men and women will find their eternity determined. Our sin is made clear. We can respond to his grace in truth and receive forgiveness and salvation, or we can continue in our sin, deceived and blind. The incarnation of Jesus Christ into the world was the dawning of a new day and opportunity for sinful man.

Whoever follows me... To follow the Lord means to believe in him, to trust him, and the results are life and light for the believer. It is the idea of one who gives himself completely over to Jesus.

The apostle John wrote his gospel so “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30-31) The word “believe” is used over 100 times in the book of John. His purpose is evangelistic and apologetic. Jesus is God! Jesus is the Messiah!

Will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God… children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12-13) To receive him means to acknowledge his claims, and place your faith in Him. Jesus offers forgiveness, not condemnation. (John 3:17)  Now is the time for salvation. Will you believe and receive Jesus as the Lord of your life?

May you boast with the psalmist…"The Lord is my light and my salvation…whom shall I fear?"  (Psalm 27:1)