Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Sermon Series: HE’S MORE THAN WONDERFUL #7
“Jesus Christ – The Light of The World”
This “I am” statement from our LORD and Savior was made in Jerusalem during the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles. Huge lamps were lit outside the Temple to commemorate the pillar of light that guided the Israelites during their wilderness journey to the Promised Land. The glow of this light from the Temple could be seen throughout Jerusalem. And in the Holy Place of the Temple stood a Menorah, a sacred lamp-stand that represented the light and glory of God. Throughout Scripture, light is a symbol of the presence of God, guiding and guarding His people.
May I suggest today that in looking at this text that our aim is the same as that of John, when he wrote this gospel: “That all would believe, and have life in Jesus Christ” (20:30-31).
And so, Christ says, “I am the light of the world.” And it seems to me in this context of discussion from chapter 7 to 9, what we see is that Jesus is talking about at least three truths concerning Him being The Light of The World: He makes a profound claim, offers an astounding invitation, and delivers an amazing promise.
I. Jesus Christ Makes a Profound Claim: John 8:12a,
“I am the light of the world” (v.12a)
A. He is the very LIGHT of God.
B. He is the LIGHT which gives mankind life.
II. Jesus Christ Offers an Astounding Invitation:
John 8:12b, “He who follows Me” (v.12b)
A. Walking alone is a deathtrap.
B. Following Christ is a lifesaver.
III. Jesus Christ Delivers an Amazing Promise: John 8:12c,
“shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life”
(v.12c; 9:5, 35, 38)
A. Jesus Is the SHINING LIGHT (9:5)
B. Jesus is the SEEKING LIGHT (9:35)
C. Jesus is the SAVING LIGHT (9:38)
Many people today are lost and in the depths of great spiritual darkness and they do not even realize that Jesus can set them free forever. If they do understand this, they feel that it is something for others and not for themselves. Allow me to remind you this morning that Jesus loves all men just as they are and that He will save anyone who will come to Him in simple faith. The question is, which do you prefer, darkness? Or light? If you are tired of the dark come to Jesus and step into the Light of His glorious salvation. Will you do that today?