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Jesus: the Light of the World

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John 8:12–20 NKJV
12 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.” 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. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me. 17 It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 18 I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.” 19 Then they said to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.” 20 These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come.
Focus verse:
John 8:12 NKJV
12 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.”
By calling Himself the light of the world, Jesus was hinting at His oneness with God:
Psalm 27:1 NKJV
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
I want to talk about God as our light today...
As our light, God is....

Our Guide

Light is a metaphor for guidance:
Psalm 119:105 NKJV
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
(context: John the Baptist, he was to...)
Luke 1:79 NKJV
79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
I want to encourage you today to trust God to guide you!

Our Avenger

Regarding Israel’s enemy Assyria, Isaiah said...
Isaiah 10:17 NKJV
17 So the Light of Israel will be for a fire, And his Holy One for a flame; It will burn and devour His thorns and his briers in one day.
God our avenger, we do not need to avenge ourselves!
Romans 12:19–21 NKJV
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Trust God to put right all the injustices you have experienced!
Because God is our light, He is also...

Righteous

Light is used in scripture as a metaphor for righteousness, and is contrasted with darkness, which is a metaphor for evil.
1 John 1:5 NKJV
5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
Our response to this is practical - walk in the light!
Ephesians 5:8–13 NKJV
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.
What does it mean that we expose the unfruitful works of darkness?
“The conduct of the children of light will shine as a beacon to others, revealing evil deeds for what they are.”
(O’Brien, P. T. (1999). The letter to the Ephesians (p. 371). Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)
Notice what Jesus said...
John 9:5 NKJV
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Jesus has given us a batton, and on it is written these words - “be the light of the world”
Matthew 5:14–16 NKJV
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
As our light, God is also...

The One who shows us favour

Light is a metaphor for favour...
Numbers 6:25 NKJV
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you;
It was God’s favour that enables Israel to conquer the promised land...
Psalm 44:3 NKJV
3 For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them.
Because we are in Christ, the light of God’s favour shines on us.
Ephesians 1:6 NKJV
6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
In the Greek, “He made us accepted” is literally “He bestowed grace (favour) upon us”
Align yourself with His will for you, and you will see His favour in action!
1 Peter 2:9 NKJV
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Finally, as the light of the world, Jesus is...

God’s Revelation

Light is a metaphor for revelation...
Simeon said that Jesus is...
Luke 2:32 NKJV
32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”
In fact, Jesus is the perfect revelation of who God is
2 Corinthians 4:6 NKJV
6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 1:1–3 NKJV
1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
Some people are OK with Jesus, but find it difficult to accept God. But Jesus is the revelation of who God is.
What is your image of God? Make sure it is Jesus!
Colossians 1:15 NKJV
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Summary

Jesus is one with God, who is our light
As our light, God is our guide, our avenger, righteous, and the one who shows us favour.
Jesus is the perfect revelation of who God is
We are to let our light shine

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