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Our Savior, the Lifght of the World

Our Savior is the Light of the World

Today we look at the contrast between darkness and the glorious light of Christ.

John 

We all have some understanding of the difference between light and darkness. In the light we can see. We know what lies ahead and we can navigate the obstacles. What happens when we lose the light? When it is dark we create light by starting a fire or fabricating a lamp. When Israel was wondering in the wilderness they saw the glory of God in a cloud by day. However, when the landscape became dark the cloud became a fire in the sky to light up the camp with the presence of God.

Light: God, life, truth, knowledge, and understanding

Darkness: Death, false reality, ignorance, and foolishness

 

  1. Jesus is our light that overcomes the darkness.
    1. 8:12
    2. 1:4, 9 -   4In him was life; and the life was the light of men…   9There was the true Light £which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
    3. 12:35, 46 - 35So Jesus said to them, “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. 36“While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.”……46“I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness
  2. We were once darkness. (contrasts)
    1. Observe the darkened understanding of the Pharisees.
      1. John 8:12-20 – They do not know from where Jesus comes.
        1. Darkness also manifests itself in the fact that people want Jesus, not for salvation from the wrath of God, but for their own personal gain in the world.
      2. John 8:31-44 – They do not understand Jesus’ words
        1. The words of God are foolishness to those who remain darkened in their understanding.
          1. Walk by faith and not sight
          2. The first shall be last and the last shall be first.
          3. Blessed are the poor in spirit, the meek, those who mourn, etc.
    2. We were once darkened.
      1. 17So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,   18being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;   19and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.   20But you did not learn Christ in this way,   21if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,   22that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,   23and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,   24and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. (Ephesians 4:17-19)
  3. The significance of the Light
    1. David Brickner from Jews for Jesus explains in an article he wrote about the details of this ceremony.    "At the end of the first day of the Feast, the Temple was gloriously illuminated. According to the Mishnah (part of the oral tradition of the rabbis), gigantic candelabras stood within the court of the women. Each of the four golden candelabras is said to have been 50 cubits high. A cubit is somewhere between 18 and 22 inches, so we're talking about candelabras that were about 75 feet tall! Each candelabra had four branches, and at the top of every branch there was a large bowl. Four young men bearing 10 gallon pitchers of oil would climb ladders to fill the four golden bowls on each candelabra. And then the oil in those bowls was ignited. Picture sixteen beautiful blazes leaping toward the sky from these golden lamps. Remember that the Temple was on a hill above the rest of the city, so the glorious glow was a sight for the entire city to see. In addition to the light, Levitical musicians played their harps, lyres, cymbals and trumpets to make joyful music to the Lord. What a glorious celebration! The light was to remind the people of how God's Shekinah glory had once filled His Temple. [Dedication of Solomon's Temple and the descent of the Shekinah (visible Glory) took place at this feast (I Kings 8, II Chron. 7)] But in the person of Jesus, God's glory was once again present in that Temple. And He used that celebration to announce that very fact. He was teaching in the court of women just after the Feast, perhaps standing right next to those magnificent candelabras when He declared to all who were gathered there, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" John 18:12." (1)
    2. Those who believe in Jesus will walk in the reality of an intimate relationship with God.  
      1. John 14:21-23 -    21He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 22Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”  23Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
    3. Those who walk in Jesus will never walk in darkness.
      1. We do not remain in the realm of evil ignorance.
        1. in the futility of their mind,   18being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;   19and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. (Ephesians 4 as above)
      2. Those who walk in Jesus will have the hope of eternal life.
        1. John 3:14-21 - 14“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up;   15so that whoever  £believes will in Him have eternal life. 16“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.   17“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.   18“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.   19“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.   20“For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.   21“But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”