I AM THE LIGHT
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.” So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come. So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” As he was saying these things, many believed in him.
John Big Idea
John Big Idea
Jesus is the true Light of the World, the true means of salvation, spiritual life, wisdom and knowledge. There is no true relationship with God the Father according to his Word outside of having a true relationship with the Living Word Jesus Christ. Everyone else or everything else is living in Spiritual Darkness.
In the seven I AM statements that Jesus makes in the Gospel of John, I am the light of the world is the second made here in Chapter 8 and again in Chapter 9.
Here light has to do with spiritual insight, knowledge, wisdom, and that results from the spiritually renewed life that comes through relationship with Jesus.
What John has already said about the subject
The OT says about the Light
God and his word is the light to know Jesus
Knowing God through his word is the only way that you can know Jesus
You can know God’s word informationally but not have a relationship with God through the Holy Spirit according to his Word
The Pharisees were experts from a humanistic since in the informational knowledge of God’s Word
The didn’t have a true relationship with the Father, and was able to fake it until the Father sent the exact image of himself in the likeness of his Son Jesus Christ
Your relationship with God the Father and the Son through the Spirit is quantified by how well you embrace him as the scriptures reveal him.
False religions and false prophets are more likely to distort the truth of scripture and the picture of the savior, than just flat out deny the existence of the Christ
Jehovah's Witness Claim his is the brother of Michael the archangel, that he is just another Created being.
Bahi Faith claims that Jesus is one of Gods other prophets
While Islam & through the Koran communicates that Jesus is the Messiah, they deny that Jesus is the Son of God, says that he was created, and denies the death of Jesus and his resurrection 3:55; 4:157, 4:171, 19:34-35
The Pharisees are standing in the Light, but yet still living in Darkness!
Some people will always stay out on the peripheral of having a true relationship with Jesus, and they will cloak it with Religion. The reason is because the deeds of their heart are evil and they don’t want their hearts to be exposed.
Jesus is the true Light of the World, the true means of salvation, spiritual life, wisdom and knowledge. There is no true relationship with God the Father according to his Word outside of having a true relationship with the Living Word Jesus Christ. Everyone else or everything else is living in Spiritual Darkness.Jesus has perfect insight into the past and the future and he knows his complete destiny