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The light of the world

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Speaking to the Pharisees

 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 The Pharisees therefore said to Him, “You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.” 14 Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going. .NIV
Notice He says, “I am”—this “I am” occurs again and again. In the Old Testament, Jehovah is the “…I AM THAT I AM…” (). Very frankly, we are told very little about God. We do know He is the self-existing One, and that He has all wisdom and power. The Lord Jesus came to this earth not only to redeem man but also to reveal God to man. Jesus greatly expands our understanding by using the common place things like bread, light and water to symbolize Himself.
He uses the ordinary to speak of the extraordinary, the physical to speak of the spiritual, the temporary to speak of the eternal, and the here-and-now to speak of the hereafter, the earthly to speak of the heavenly, the limited to speak of the unlimited, and the finite to speak of the infinite.
Jesus lights the Spiritual way for us
Jesus gives us a revelation of God when He tells us He is Bread, He is Water, and He is Life. Then we understand, not only does God self-exist, but that He also meets our every need. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” (), “I am the light of the world” (), “I an the door” (), “I am the good shepherd” (), I am the resurrection, and the life” (), “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (), and “I am the vine, ye are the branches” ().
Here is Jesus saying, “I am the light of the world.” He has exposed the sin of the scribes and Pharisees who brought the woman guilty of adultery. Because they were just as guilty as she, they had to run away. When one turns on the light, all the rats, and bats, and the bedbugs crawl away. Light exposes sin, which is the reason the scribes and Pharisees had to leave.
Illustration: 3115 Nature Of Light
As we begin to understanding one aspect of light, we begin to appreciate that which we cannot see.
Science tells us that light consists of three rays, or groups of wavelengths, distinct from each other, no one of which without the others would be light. Each ray has its own separate function. The first ray, often called invisible light, is neither seen nor felt. The second is both seen and felt. The third is not seen but is felt as heat
2. Then we can reflect His Light to those consumed in darkness
Christians are to be recognized as God’s children. We are also lights in the world. Christ is the Light of the World and His followers are luminaries or light-bearers reflecting His light.
) 20 He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.
20 He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.
Dispute Over Who Jesus Is
The New International Version. (2011). (). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2) The Lord’s Assertion (), 3) The Leaders’ Accusation (), 4) The Lord’s Answer to that accusation (), and 5) His Announcement of their impending judgment ().
Christians are to be recognized as God’s children. We are also lights in the world. Christ is the Light of the World and His followers are luminaries or light-bearers reflecting His light.
Since the Court of the Women was a busy public location, it was ideal for Jesus to teach there. The Sanhedrin met in a nearby hall, almost within earshot of the Lord’s voice, yet no one arrested/seized Him, because His hour had not yet come. Jesus was always under the sovereign control of His Father and the divine schedule, so that His enemies were powerless to harm Him before the appointed time.
John had already used the metaphor of light to describe Jesus (1:4, 8–9; cf. ), and it was one rich in Old Testament allusions (cf. ; ; , ; ; ; ; ; ; , ; ; ; , , ; ; ; ). Jesus is the source of this world’s spiritual and moral light. In faith the one who follows Jesus is given the light which comes from the manifestation of divine life.
Jesus Christ alone brings the light of salvation to a sin-cursed world. To the darkness of falsehood He is the light of truth; to the darkness of ignorance He is the light of wisdom; to the darkness of sin He is the light of holiness; to the darkness of sorrow He is the light of joy; and to the darkness of death He is the light of life.
The reality of this sobering truth, which is repeated throughout Scripture, is that those who reject Christ will suffer the consequences of their sin—eternal separation from God. By refusing the Light of the world, they doom themselves to the eternal darkness of hell (; ; ). Point-blank refusal to walk in His light, will impede and block the way to the heart of the Father
The person who comes to Jesus comes to Him on Jesus’ terms, or one does not truly come at all.
 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. NIV
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But the sons of the kingdom (a Semitic term for national Israel) those who think they deserve something of God, are in darkness.
 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
• Christ is before us as the Light of the World. Only He can brighten your dark situation of sin, despair and suffering. A word of repentance and Faith will bring His light of healing to a troubled soul. Don’t suffer in the darkness any longer and don’t let others suffer this way.
3. So others can see their way out of the darkness
Christ is the light in the dark situation of sin, despair and suffering. A word of repentance and Faith will bring His light of healing to a troubled soul. Don’t suffer in the darkness any longer and don’t let others suffer this way.
Some unfortunately will choose to turn from the light and some may never choose the light at all.
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