7482 - I Am the Light of the World

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In the Gospel of John there are seven metaphorical statements picturing our Lord Jesus Christ. They are:
• I am the bread of life
• I am the light of the world
• I am the door (or gate)
• I am the good shepherd
• I am the resurrection and the life
• I am the way, the truth and the life
• I am the true vine

In each of these Jesus seeks to open the mind of the hearer, and those who now read His Word, to the truth that Jesus is the one and only source of life which God intended people to experience.

Friend, not only did God create man with physical life, but also He created man with an innate longing for God.

However, Adam's sin caused a mighty chasm of separation in the relationship between man and God; so Jesus Christ came to earth to pay the penalty for sin so that man might again draw near to God--have a close, intimate fellowship with Him.

Thus in John's Gospel Jesus says about Himself:
• (8:12) I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
• (12:46) I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
• (9:5) While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
• (12:36) Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.
• And in Matthew (4:16) the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned."

Jesus openly proclaims that He is the light--eternal, enduring light. So He offers hope to mankind who is in darkness.

The Bible tells us: "In Him was life, and that life was the light of men." (John 1:4).

Why is it that everyone has not chosen to come to the light? The Bible tells us at least two reasons:

1. (2 Cor. 4:4) "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." Therefore, we see that the enemy--Satan himself, blinds the understanding of unbelievers by lying to them, deceiving them, blinding them to the truth.

2. Other people make an open, outright decision to continue on the wide road to destruction.

John (3:19) says this: "This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil...(12:35) The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going."

Well, how are things different for those who trust Jesus by faith--who walk in the light?

The Bible declares:

1. (I Ths. 5:5) As sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

2. Acts (13:47) tells us: "I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth." Christians actually become the lamp which shines the love and gospel to a world in darkness. Suddenly we have meaning and purpose for life.

3. (Eph 5:8) Since we were once darkness, but now are light in the Lord, we are to live as children of light."

4. Furthermore, we are to praise Him and to thank Him who makes this possible. It is written:
(I Peter 2:9) "you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light...

(Col. 1:12) giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light."

5. And friend, when we pass from this earth and are present with the Lord we will come to a time when, as Revelation says: (Rev. 22:5) "There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever."

The Light does make a difference. Have you chosen to walk with Christ in the light, to live with Him eternally, to reign with Him? Or have you chosen to follow your own self-determined course, to walk in darkness--not knowing that you will end up in eternal destruction and death? It's not too late! Place your faith in Jesus today.