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I am the Light of the World…Light of Life
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). This is a very rich metaphor. Light gives sight, without it we can see nothing, we are blind. Sin is darkness. Evil is always done in the dark. Jesus is the light of the world. He has conquered the darkness of sin and death. If we follow him, we will no longer be fooled by the darkness of sin. We will see it for what it is and we will turn away from it, back to the Light of the World, Jesus. The Pharisees do not understand Jesus when he says this. They try to argue with him using a very recognizable tactic that is not unknown to us today. It is almost like they are proto-relativists. They say that Jesus is just testifying to his own truth (see verse 13). But Jesus, who is the source of all that is true and he knows who he is and where he came from and why he is here. He counters their cynicism with the truth: “You judge by appearances, but I do not judge anyone. And even if I should judge, my judgement is valid, because I am not alone, but it is I and the Father who sent me” (verse 15-16). Jesus is countering their argument by appealing to the Mosaic law that says that if something is testified to by two men it is verified. Who could say this with such certitude? Only the One who calls himself “I Am Who Am,” the One Who is, was and always will be, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Pharisees, of course, refuse to hear. They only become more cynical and spiteful. When…