Jesus the Light of the World
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” John 8:12
Friends today is the last week of our reflection on the Advent of Jesus and we’ve already lit a total of 4 candles representing Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. And now, we are going to light the last candle, as we reflect on Jesus as the light of the world.
1. Celebrate Jesus as the spiritual light.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” John 8:12a.
Why fully trust Jesus and His word?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5.
· The Word in its very nature, was God.
· The Word was and is eternal.
· The Creator of all things.
“14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14.
· Jesus is the Word that became flesh.
· John and the other disciples witnessed Jesus’ glory and testified that He is the unique Son of God who came from heaven.
· John was a first-hand witness to Jesus’ life and ministry.
“Intellectually light refers to biblical truth or God’s truth while darkness refers to errors or falsehood. (cf. Ps. 119:105, Prv. 6:23). Morally light refers to holiness and purity (1 Jn 1:5), while darkness refers to sin or wrong doing (Rom. 13:11-14; 1 Peter 2:22).” John MacArthur, MacArthur Bible Commentary, 1344.
· Jesus’ words are absolutely true.
· He was sinless and lived in holiness and purity.
2. Keep following the Light.
“Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness.” John 8:12b.
· To follow completely throw oneself into Jesus.
· Our belief on something does not just inform us intellectually, but it prompts us to behave accordingly.
· It is a moment-by-moment conscious decision to follow the Light and living in the light.
3. Share the Light with someone else.
“…but will have the light of life,” John 8:12c.
· Jesus as the Light gives life.
· Jesus came to give eternal life to those who would believe in Him.
The purpose of Jesus for revealing the truth.
“23 But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.” John 8:23-24.
• To save people from the penalties of sins.
• This penalty is death or eternal separation from God.
“30 Even as he spoke, many believed in him.31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:30-32.
· Eternal life comes to those who believe all the claims of Jesus and show evidence by following Him.