I am the Light of the world

I am the Light of the world

The second “I am” saying of Jesus is: “I am the light of the world,” John 8:12; 9:5. In the larger context of both these passages, Jesus reveals himself as the light of the world. First, he prevents a woman “caught in adultery” (no mention of the man) from being stoned to death by challenging the would be stone-casters to look at themselves and see if they are sinless before they begin stoning the woman. Jesus may have written each of their sins on the ground for them to see. No one was without sin, so they dropped their stones and left. Jesus saved the woman’s life. In the second passage, Jesus is the light of the world by healing the man born blind. His blindness kept him in darkness, now he could see the light—both natural and spiritual. In John’s Gospel, Jesus the light of the world shines in the darkness—the powers of evil—to reveal the truth about God, himself, humankind, the world, and God’s eternal realm. Christ the light shines in the darkness and the darkness shall never overcome the True Light. One day all darkness shall banish as we see Christ the light face to face.