I Am the Light of the World
In John's Gospel, a wonderful story unfolds in 8. It is the story of a woman who has been caught in adultery, and she is dragged before Jesus. Jesus deals with her stone throwers and deals with her too. And then He continues His teaching. He begins with this wonderful "I am" statement. He says, "I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life."
When Jesus claimed to be the light of world, He was making a claim to be the Messiah. The Jewish ears in the audience when Jesus said this would have really perked up, probably much more so than our ears. Jesus is making a claim about being the promised, anointed Messiah that God had promised His people for generations.
And Jesus stands before them on this day and announces, "I am the light of the world." He might as well have been saying, "I am Messiah." And by saying those words, He was indicating that He could do the work that only God could do. That work of saving us. We have heard the crowds on Psalm Sunday say, "Hosanna, Hosanna. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." And they were crying out, "God save us. God have mercy on us. God deliver us. God set us free." Jesus as Messiah is uniquely qualified and able to do the work that only God can do in this, and so when He makes this announcement, "I am the light of the world," his audience certainly listened. And we ought to be good listeners too.
Our Church extends an invitation to all who seek the faith of Jesus Christ; to all who enjoy the fellowship of the Church; to all who desire the friendship of the family of God, with love and justice. A special welcome if you are worshipping with us for the first time or if you are returning after a long absence. We give thanks for your presence and pray that your time with us has been a blessing.
Don’t leave your mobiles, purses, wallets, handbags unattended – others may think it is an answer to their prayers.