I AM Statements: Light of the World

John 8:12-30

A soldier in the trenches of WWI had lost his rifle in
a previous battle. His sergeant ordered his troops
to attack. He didn’t move. The sergeant screamed
at his soldier.

The soldier said, “Serge! I lost my
rifle in the last battle.” The sergeant looks around and
finds a wicker broom. He says, “Point this at the
enemy and say Bangity. Bangity. Bangity!”

The soldier, befuddled, responds, “Sir! But what if that
doesn’t work?” The sergeant plucked a string off
the broom and twist tied it to the handle. “There.
Now you have a bayonet. If the enemy gets close
just yell Stabbity. Stabbity. Stabbity!”. The soldier
still perplexed ventured onto the battlefield
nonetheless.

He saw his enemy on the horizon and
began shouting “Bangity! Bangity! Bangity!” To his
surprise the enemy was dropping like flies. Except
for one. He kept coming. Getting closer and
closer. Once the enemy was right upon the soldier
he began jabbing his wicker bayonet screaming,
“Stabbity! Stabbity! Stabbity!”. But to no avail. The
enemy rolled right over the soldier crushing every
bone in his body and pressing him deep into the
soil. As the enemy passed over him he could hear
him saying, “Tankity! Tankity! Tankity!”

We will look at the second I AM Statement
of Jesus. This one appears in John 8:12. Remember as
we work our way through the text we want to study the
text through the lens of Jesus being Pre-existent, Divine
and Incarnate.

In order to fully understand the Scripture in its context
we will read from v.12 through v.30.

John 8:12-30

This story most likely takes place near the end of or just
following the Feast of Tabernacles.
That is important because throughout Scripture Light is a
symbol of God. The purpose of the lighting of the
lampstands on the first day of that feast was to serve as
a reminder of how God led the nation of Israel through
the wilderness by the pillar of fire by night.

At Paul’s conversion on the Damascus road there was a
bright light which blinded him for 3 days. Jesus spoke to
Him asking why he was persecuting Him.

At the Transfiguration of Christ, His clothes glowed
brighter than any launderer could ever clean clothes.
They were seeing the glory of the Lord coming from
Jesus.

There are other places in Scripture that speak to Jesus
being the Light.

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and
a light to my path.”

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my
life; Whom shall I dread?”

John 1:4-5,9 “In Him was life, and the life was the
Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and
the darkness did not comprehend it. There was the
true Light, which, coming into the world, enlightens
every man.”

Now, back to our text in John 8.
Jesus says He is the Light of the world.
He who follows Him will not walk in darkness but have
the Light of life.

The point of this I AM statement is for people to come to
faith in Him.
Remember from the 1st chapter of John, Jesus was with
God in the beginning. Nothing that was made was made
without Him.
He made the sun and the moon and the stars.
He is the creator of light.
He isn’t the guy shining the flashlight, He is the light!

No sooner did He utter those words and the Pharisees
begin to argue with Him about what He said.

They tell Him that His witness isn’t true because He is
only one person. Jewish law requires two or more
witnesses to corroborate a fact.

Jesus is the True Witness

However, Jesus rebuts their argument by telling them
1.He knows where He came from
2.He knows where He is going

He was sent by the Father.
4 times in this section of Scripture we read the phrases
sent from the Father. Vv. 16,18,26,29

He mentions the fact that the Father testifies about Him.
Remember at His baptism when God said, ‘this is My Son,
with whom I am well pleased’
God gave testimony that Jesus was His Son.
He sent Him and He testifies about Him.

He is going back to be with the Father
John 14:3 He tells His disciples He goes to prepare a
place for them in heaven with the Father

In v. 23 Jesus tells them they are from below and He is
from above, they are of this world, He is not of this world.

He’s trying to show them that He is the true light.
There is nothing in the world that compares to Him.
He is shedding light on eternity.
If they believe in Him and follow Him they will have
eternal life.
He’s not just shining light so they can see where they are
going on earth. He is showing them the way to heaven.

Not only is Jesus the true witness,
Jesus is the True Judge

He tells the Pharisees that they judge according to the
flesh, but He is not judging anyone.
The Pharisees were concerned with outward appearances.
They were not righteous, they were self righteous.
They cared about what people thought of them, they
didn’t care about other people.
Jesus wasn’t judging them.
Remember John 3:17 “For God did not send the Son
into the world to judge the world, but that the
world might be saved through Him.”

Then Jesus defends Himself even further by stating that
even if He did judge, His judgment was true because He
and the Father are one, and He does the will of the
Father.

John 3:19 says this, “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.”

But Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost.
He was the light to show men the way to eternal life.

It’s worth noting that two other times in these verses do
we see the Greek ego Eimi which is I AM in English.
V.24 and v.28

Jesus tells them if they don’t believe that He is one with
the Father they will die in their sin. Those that reject
Christ are the ones who love darkness.

He also tells them that when He is lifted up on the cross,
they will understand that He is one with the Father.
He does nothing on His own initiative, but only what the
Father has taught Him.
As we learned two weeks ago, Jesus is
Pre-existent
Incarnate
Divine

He is God in the flesh!

APPLICATION

For our application I want us to turn to Matthew
5:14-16.

“You are the light of the world. A city set
on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a
lamp and put it under a basket, but on the
lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the
house. Let your light shine before men in such a
way that they may see your good works, and
glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Jesus called His disciples the light of the world.
The message is to share that light with others.

Let Your Light Shine
There is no good in hiding our light.
What does it mean to hide our light?
Being ashamed of our faith,
Behaving just like the world does,
Bringing people down by discouraging them.

How can we let our lights shine?

Jesus said we should do good works so that others will
glorify God.
When we do the work, we are loving God and loving
others.
When we do it we must take care to let them know why
we are doing what we are doing. Christians work
because they have been saved by a loving savior.
The world works in order to try to earn favor or
forgiveness.