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I Am The Light of The World

I Am The Light of The World

Christmas story begin in the little town of Bethlehem in Israel over 2,000 years ago, a baby was born whose life was destined to affect countless millions. Many people down through the ages have asked this question: “Who is Jesus?” The night God became flesh and walked among men ranks as one of the greatest moments in human history. This birth was so monumental that it became the high point of history, the peak, the apex. All history before this birth is B.C., Before Christ. All history since is A.D., Anno Domini, Latin for "the year of our Lord." The birth of God in human form then is the most important moment in all of history.

Did you know there are more than 300 prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming Messiah? Fulfilled prophecy is one of the great proofs of the divinity of Jesus Christ. God began to prepare the world for the coming of Jesus with a multitude of prophecies in the Old Testament concerning Him. There can be no mistake that Jesus is the Messiah. The prophet Isaiah wrote more than 700 years before the birth of Jesus. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Here we see the Majesty and the glory of the Christmas story. As Isaiah also wrote of the event: “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. [Isaiah 9:2]

The Bible says He was "in the world" (John 1:10), but He was not of this world. Jesus did not have His origin here. Think about this: His birth in Bethlehem was not the beginning of His life! For in eternity past, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit always were. There was never a time when “God in three Persons, Blessed Trinity…” did not exist. He has no beginning and no end. John 1:1-5, one of the richest passages of Scripture, explains that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness overcame it not.”

No matter where you turn in God's Word, you’ll find that Christmas is about light, for Jesus is the Light of the world! We love to sing "Silent Night, Holy Night," but this great carol is not about night or darkness. It's about the light. "Son of God, Light has come into the world, and we need never walk in darkness again. Light and life are inextricably interwoven. You cannot have life without light. When God brought life out of chaos in Creation, He said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3), and the seas began to swarm with life. The seeds of earth began to bud and blossom. Light — photosynthesis — causes plants to produce food. Life itself is built on sunlight. Without it, our world would become cold, dark and dead.

When we think of light, we right away think of the sun. We’ve been taught that the sun is the center of the solar system and thus it is the light of the world. Some figures reveal the sun’s greatness. For instance, the sun is 93,000,000 miles from the earth. Also, astronomers estimate that the diameter of the sun is 109 times that of the earth. Its output of energy is 70,000 horsepower per sq. yd. per minute. Lastly, the temperature at the sun’s surface is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. But the sun, in spite of its greatness, is not the "Light of the World." The "Light of the World" is the Son of God. He is the one who made the sun, for he existed with the Father in creation. He is also the one who declared, "I am the light of the world."

The life and the light went out of Adam's race when he sinned in the Garden of Eden. But Jesus is the Light of the world. When we make Jesus Christ both Lord and Savior, the One who entered time and space as that little Babe in Bethlehem comes in, turns the light on, and life begins for us. He gives eternal life. Jesus makes it clear who He is to all who really want to know. He is described as being the Word of God become flesh (John 1:1, 14). He is the Creator of the world (John 1:2-3). He is Immanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23). He is the great “I AM” of the Old Testament (John 8:58). Light is life, and life is light. "He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life." He brought life and immortality to light, and by faith they are communicated to men.

The entrance of Jesus into the Earth was fascinating. On the night Jesus was born something spectacular took place. As the choir were so beautifully singing that very well-known melody to Silent Night! Holy Night…., Christ the savoir is born... It is unfathomable what it meant for our transcendent Creator God to become finite man. He came in the quiet of the night, in the meridian of time, He who was Immanuel, the Rod of Jesse, the Dayspring, the Key of David, the very Lord of Might. His birth marked the promised visitation of the Creator to earth. It is one of the greatest events to occur in the history of the universe. It is without parallel.

Jesus has come to earth, the Almighty has entered our world, the infinite has become finite, and the eternal has invaded time. He did not come to a palace with marble halls and carpeted stairs. No luxurious bed chamber was prepared for His birth. Cathedral bells failed to toll; bands were silent; no royal choruses burst forth in song. Only the music of Heaven was heard. Mary wrapped Jesus in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Lord Jesus came to a stable, and was laid in a manger. His mother had only the straw for a bed and animals were her companions. He was born into the most humble circumstances imaginable.

The shepherds are minding their business, tending their sheep, when a mighty angel appears with a remarkable message. The angelic visitor was surrounded by the glory of God. “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. ………” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests” (See Luke 2:8-14.)

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, He came to give us life. The Light, Jesus, has come into the world: not to bring condemnation, but to bring salvation. Bible says “The entrance of Your words gives light.” (Psalm 119:130) Jesus is the Light. Do you know that everywhere Jesus went during His earthly ministry, He brought life? Jesus said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). This means he brought hope and restoration to a world of hopelessness, brokenness, ignorance and darkness. The world of humanity lay in the darkness of sorrow and death; the Lord Jesus brought to it the light of life. Jesus Christ is the light of joy that dispels the darkness of sorrow. Jesus Christ is the light of life that dispels the darkness of death. When the Holy Spirit shined the light of the Gospel into our hearts, a divine photosynthesis took place, producing life where before there was only death.

Jesus is the real light, the genuine light who transforms things. He is what you need to lighten your personal darkness. He is the light that dispels the darkness of guilt with his forgiveness and the darkness of fear when we take our last breath. He is the light of life, eternal life. Jesus exposed sin, but He was never contaminated by sin. He could touch sinners, but sin never touched Jesus. He was undefiled. When the Bible calls Jesus the "light of the world," it's a reminder of the sinless, stainless purity of the Son of God. Because Jesus was not of this world, He is the pure, incorruptible Light. Jesus was the only Person who could look others in the face and say, "Which of you convicts Me of sin?" (John 8:46). The baby born in Bethlehem was the "true Light" (John 1:9), the pure light of heaven.

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."(John 8:12) This implies: That the world was morally dark and Christ is its Light. Light implies knowledge and awareness, while darkness is ignorance. Light reveals truth. It reveals truth about ourselves. We never see ourselves truly until we see ourselves in the context of Christ. The light reveals truth about Christ himself. The light also reveals the truth concerning the way of salvation.

When Jesus claimed to be the light of world, He was making a claim to be the Messiah. Jesus then went on to describe something about recognizing Him as Messiah: "whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." The world of humanity is in darkness and danger; the Lord Jesus brings the light of safety. Light is the active power that dispels darkness. And Jesus Christ is the light of truth that dispels the darkness of falsehood. Jesus Christ is the light of wisdom that dispels the darkness of ignorance. Praise God for the changeless, constant light of the Lord Jesus Christ! No matter how cold and dark your world may seem, it can be brought back to life when the glorious light of the Son of God shines into your heart.

There is no life without light. Christ is the source of all light. To the Jewish mind this was significant because the word light is especially associated with Jewish thought. Look at the Psalms. "The Lord is my light." Psalm 27:1. That identifies Him as source. "The Lord will be your everlasting light." (Isaiah 60:20) In Isaiah's words you'll find something much like a sermon. If you give your heart to God, if you'll put your faith and your trust in Him, you'll discover He goes before you and lights your path. By His light I walk through darkness. (Job 29:3). Micah said, "Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light" (Mic. 7:8). Jesus is the perfect representation of that. His name is Immanuel, God is with us.

God himself is described as light, like in Ps. 104:2, “The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent." With Moses, God shows him his glory but hides him in a rock so that he is only allowed to see God’s back (Ex. 33). In the book of Revelation, Jesus, the Son of Man, is described in this way, "His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance" (Rev. 1:16). In addition, Jesus’ coming to earth was certainly accompanied by light. Concerning the angel that came to the shepherds announcing Jesus’ birth, Luke says, "and the glory of the Lord shone around them"(Lk. 2:9). A star shone over Bethlehem where Jesus was born. During Jesus’ life, his glory was revealed in the transfiguration experience when he became dazzling white. (Mk. 9) Paul said: "At midday, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun". And He ought to shine brighter than the sun, because He created the sun.

So when Jesus said, "I am the Light of the World," it was a statement about his glory, but it was also more than that. It was about what he came to do. John declared, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" (Jn. 1:29). And Jesus says of himself, "For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mk 10:45). Jesus came to display all the goodness of God through his caring acts toward people. He came teaching truth. And he came to bear the punishment for our sin. In all these ways, Jesus is the light of the world because he comes from the Father and speaks for the Father and is going to the Father and is one with the Father.

Christ is the Source of light. What would the world be like without the sun? -- Cold, dark and dead, wandering aimlessly about the universe with no hope of ever having life. That's what people are like without Jesus. As the Light of the world, Jesus is the light of life. He is the Revealer of God and man, their mutual relationships, and the way of access to and peace with him. He sheds full light upon every subject which pertains to the highest well being of the human race. He came to show us who we really are and to expose the enemy’s false kingdom. To put it another way, Jesus came to introduce us to ourselves and to call us to become the people God always knew we could be. He came to invite and receive us in His kingdom.

The world of humanity is in the darkness and the Lord Jesus brings to it heavenly light. Light is an emblem of purity. Jesus is the Source of man's sanctification. His life was an embodiment of purity. His character was spotless, his doctrines and Spirit are sanctifying, his example is pure and leads the soul upwards, and his life is still like the perfume of heavenly roses, making even the air of our world fragrant. The world of humanity is in the darkness of sin, and the Lord Jesus brings to it the light of forgiveness and holiness. Jesus Christ is the light of holiness that dispels the darkness of impurity.

In whatever way the darkness shows itself in our lives, Christ has come to be a light for us. Wherever there is darkness in our family, in our friendships, in our community, Christ has come to shed light on all those areas of our lives to restore peace and harmony and joy. Wherever there is darkness in our nation or in the world at large, Christ has commanded us to let our light shine before men, to use whatever means we have at our disposal to relieve the suffering of others and drive out the darkness that shrouds the lives of so many. We are to let the light of Christ shine through us so that the darkness of despair and hopelessness might be dispelled.

1 John 1:5 says, “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” In the natural world, the speed of light is a constant. Albert Einstein said the reason he was able to construct his famous Theory of Relativity was because there is one thing in the world that is constant — the speed of light. Everything else is relative. Jesus Is Our Constant in the Spiritual Realm. The sun will not shine for eternity. Its energy is slowly being used up. Even the sun will one day cease to shine, but the light of Jesus will illumine heaven throughout eternity. Bible says “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb [the Lord Jesus Christ] is its lamp. (Revelation 21:23)

Meril Jeffery John.J

Meril Jeffery John.J

If This is God's Will then no man can Fight it

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