Christ the Light of the World Fourth Sunday of the Fifty Holy Days

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.” John 8:12

Jesus in declaring Himself to be the Light of the world, was claiming that He is the exclusive source of spiritual light. No other source of spiritual truth is available to mankind.

1. Jesus is the Light. He is True Light

The glory of the very presence of God in the pillar of fire led the nation of Israel to the Promised Land and protected them from those who would destroy them.

When Jesus returns, both Isaiah and the book of Revelation tell us that the LORD himself will be the light for His people (Isaiah 60:19-22; Revelation 21:23-24).

 2. The Light Comes into the Darkness

We live in a dark, dark world. Perversion, addictions, racism, suicide, abortion, hatred, dishonesty, and crime permeate our society.

It’s a dark world. But there’s hope because Jesus is the light that can make a difference in the spiritual darkness of today. The light of God’s truth is manifested in Jesus Christ.

 a. The Light always exposes the darkness

Jesus is the “light” but Satan is referred to as “the power of darkness”.

It’s the presence of the light in the world, in the person of Jesus Christ and His truth that exposes just how dark the world truly is. The light came into the world, and immediately His presence exposed the darkness for what it was.

To see what we really are, we need to stand next to Jesus. The very presence of the light exposes the darkness.

 b. The Light condemns the darkness.

In the light we see all the flaws and issues that need to be taken care of.

Many want to live in spiritual darkness. They don’t want to be confronted with their sin.

“Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me, let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!” (Psalm 43:3)

c. The Light is in conflict with the darkness.

If we follow Jesus, we won’t walk in darkness and those who follow Jesus are in conflict with those who are in darkness.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (John 1:5)

 

3. The Light Is for Anyone.

The recipients to the “light of the world” and the love of God are “anyone” (everyone).

When there is light, there’s revelation. When Jesus comes into our lives, we see ourselves as we really are and not as what we think we might be.

 4. Seeing the Light Always Brings Forth Life Change.

a. To walk in the light requires the right response – you must follow.

“I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

b. To walk in the light has some tremendous results – you will never walk in darkness.

c. To walk in the light will be wonderfully rewarded – you will have the light of life.

d. To walk in the light is to become His light – we are the light in this world.