Jesus, Light of the World
April 27, 2014 Speaker: Brent Small
Passage: John 8:12–8:20
In this sermon podcast on John 8:12-20, Pastor Brent delivers three “compelling claims” made by Jesus that serve to strengthen our faith in Him.
As Jesus continues His interactions with the crowd and the religious leaders at the Feast of Tabernacles, He offers more claims that are forceful and compelling. He has already claimed that He is the source of “living water” and now in this text He claims to be the “Light of the world.” Both water and light were key symbolic traditions of the Feast of Tabernacles and Jesus has now connected both of those traditions to Himself.
In making this stunning claim in verse 12, that He is the light of the world, His words again anger the Pharisees. They challenge His claim by stating that He cannot testify of Himself. Jesus certainly sees this coming and He then offers more claims to support His testimony. As they claims build in strength, they ultimately lead Jesus to declare by implication that He is equal with the Father, and that no one knows the Father unless they believe upon Jesus.
These forceful and compelling claims not only lead one to believe upon Christ for salvation, they also serve to strengthen our faith as believers.