Bright Lights

Then Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”

So the Pharisees said to Him, “You are testifying about Yourself. Your testimony is not valid.”

“Even if I testify about Myself,” Jesus replied, “My testimony is valid, because I know where I came from and where I’m going. But you don’t know where I come from or where I’m going. You judge by human standards. I judge no one. And if I do judge, My judgment is true, because I am not alone, but I and the Father who sent Me judge together. Even in your law it is written that the witness of two men is valid. I am the One who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me.”

Then they asked Him, “Where is Your Father?”

“You know neither Me nor My Father,” Jesus answered. “If you knew Me, you would also know My Father.” He spoke these words by the treasury, while teaching in the temple complex. But no one seized Him, because His hour had not come. (John 8:12-20)

Many people fear the dark. Jesus offered to get rid of what we fear. At the time of creation, God created light from the darkness and provided the sun and moon to give light by day and night. Jesus claims to be the light of the world, not in a literal, physical sense like the sun or moon, but in a metaphorical sense. By “light of life” Jesus means that he is able to give meaning and purpose to people. He can give them the direction they need for making better decisions.

Bad things happen to people in life just because life is that way. But sometimes bad things happen to people because they make poor decisions. Jesus announced that he could bring people out of such darkness. The past bad decisions did not have to mean that your future would necessarily have to be dark, too. The Pharisees, in the dark but not realizing it, cringed from the light that Jesus offered. Jesus told them that he and his father were offering them a unified way to life.

Jesus said that he and his Father were one. If you know the Son, you know the Father and vice versa. Because the religious leaders didn’t really know God, they failed to recognize the Son just the same. The Pharisees continue to stumble about in the darkness.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm the interim pastor at Quartz Hill Community Church. I have written several books. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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