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Final Thoughts on John 8:12

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”   NKJV

What a fitting verse for the Christmas season when Christians celebrate the birth of the Son of God into the world as the Light of the World. As we consider all that this declaration that Christ is “the Light of the World” entails, let us focus on four truths regarding the Light of the World.

First, the Lord Jesus Christ came into the world in the darkness of that first Christmas evening to be the light of the world.

I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’”           Isaiah 49:6 NKJV

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.                        John 1:4-5, 9-14 NKJV

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”            John 3:16-21 NKJV

Second, Jesus has called us out of darkness into His light.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”    John 8:12 NKJV

While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”           John 12:36 NKJV

To open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’          Acts 26:18 NKJV

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.          II Corinthians 4:6 NKJV

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”     Ephesians 5:8, 14 NKJV

You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.           I Thessalonians 5:5 NKJV

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;     I Peter 2:9 NKJV

If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.          I John 1:7 NKJV

Third, as His ambassadors on earth, Jesus has called us to shine his light into the darkness of the world around us.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.              Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

That you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,           Philippians 2:15 NKJV

Fourth, when Jesus comes again, He will light up the world.

“The sun shall no longer be your light by day, Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; But the LORD will be to you an everlasting light, And your God your glory.           Isaiah 60:19 NKJV

But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).                    Revelation 21:22-25 NKJV

And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.                Revelation 22:3-5 NKJV

Is the birth of Jesus more than just a historical event to you? Is it a reality in your heart? Have you repented of your sins, and trusted the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Light of the World, as your personal Savior?

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