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I Am
the Light of the World

John 8:12-29
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that
followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.


The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy
record is not true.


Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my
record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell
whence I come, and whither I go. Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And
yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that
sent me.  It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I
am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness
of me.


Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father?


Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye
should have known my Father also.


These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man
laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.  (KJV)
Following the incident of the woman taken in adultery, Jesus turns once again to the people
addressing them.


I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.


(Matthew 4:13-16) And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the
sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was
spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the
way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw
great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.  (KJV
)

(Luke 2:25-33) And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the
same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was
upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death,
before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the
parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him
up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,
according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared
before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.  (KJV)

(John 1:1-9) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him
was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And
the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent
from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light,
that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of
that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.  (KJV)

(John 9:5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.  (KJV)

(John 12:46-50) I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not
abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came
not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my
words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the
last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a
commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his
commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto
me, so I speak.  (KJV)


The world abides in darkness. Without God, without Christ, without the direction of the Holy Spirit,
they are without compass and without moral direction. The world abides in the ignorance of sin.
Faith in God. Faith in Jesus. These are the only answers to the darkness that is in the world.

(John 3:18-21) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is
condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of
God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness
rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light,
neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh
to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.  (KJV)


(1 John 1:5-10) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you,
that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him,
and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the
light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us
from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in
us.  (KJV)


(1 John 2:8-11) Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in
you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. He that saith he is in the
light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in
the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in
darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness
hath blinded his eyes.  (KJV)


The Pharisees balked at Jesus’ declaration. THOU BEAREST RECORD OF THYSELF; THY
RECORD IS NOT TRUE. They thought that the claims of Jesus were pure braggadocio; He was
talking about Himself.


Jesus responded He, indeed, was talking about Himself; but, what He was saying was true. He
knew where He came from, and where He was going. They did not. They were judging according
to appearance, and according to the flesh. Jesus, at this time, was not judging anyone. If Jesus
did judge, His judgment would be correct: because He is not alone, the Father that sent Him is
with Him. The Law states that everything would be established at the testimony of two witnesses.
Jesus bore testimony of Himself, and the Father bore testimony of Him. Thus, as Jesus speaks, it
is the testimony of two establishing His position according to the Law.

The Pharisees did not accept the validity of Jesus’ argument, asking Him where His Father was.
For they did not recognize God as His Father.

Jesus replied that they did not know His Father, because they did not know Him. To know Jesus is
to know the Father. To know Christ is to know God. The Pharisees refused to know either.

These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands
on him; for his hour was not yet come.  (KJV)