Light of the World
Jesus tells the crowd that He is the Light of the World. Follow Jesus and you will not be in darkness but in the Light.
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12. Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.”
“This is the second ‘I AM’ statement (see 6:35). John has already used the ‘light’ metaphor for Jesus (1:4). Jesus’ metaphor here is steep in OT allusions (Exodus 13:21-22; 14:19-25; Psalm 27:1; 119:105; Proverbs 6:23; Ezekiel 1:4, 13, 26-28; Habakkuk 3:3-4). The phrase highlights Jesus role as Messiah and Son of God (Psalm 17:1: Malachi 4:2).” (MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. [Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005], 1383)
“‘I am the light of the world’ is the highest claim that He has mad so far in the Gospel of John. One of the definitions of God is that He is Light (see 1 John 1:5).” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV: [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 416)
13. The Pharisees “called his testimony into question because they held it to be a self-witness. [The Pharisees] refused to hear the other four witnesses he called to testify at that point (John the Baptist, his works, the Father and Scripture; (5:31-47).” (Borchert, Gerald L., The New American Commentary Volume 25A, John 1-11. [Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002], 296)
“Light has to bear witness to itself! The only people who cannot see the light are blind people!” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 320)
14. “Jesus knew His origin and destiny while the Jews were ignorant even of basic spiritual truths, making their judgment limited and superficial (vv. 14-15).” (MacArthur, 1384)
15. “Because of their lack of understanding, Jesus said that their judgment was merely human judgment, subject to the frailties of the flesh.” (Borchert, 297)
“Any judgment that you or I make is after the flesh. Our judgment is limited because we simply do not have all the facts.” (McGee, 417
16. “The intimate union of the Son with the Father guaranteed the truth of the Son’s witness.” (MacArthur, 1384)
17. Jesus “quoted a principle found in Deuteronomy 17:6 and 19:15, as well as Numbers 35:30, that the testimony of two men was required to validate a judgment. Jesus had those two testimonies: He gave witness and so did His Father.” (Wiersbe, 321)
18. “Jesus argued that there were two strong witnesses to his nature: the witness of the unique ‘I am’ and that of the Father on whose mission he had been sent.” (Borchert, 297)
19. “How tragic that these experts in the law did not even know their own Messiah as He stood before them! …They did not know God of the law. They did not have His Word abiding in their hearts (John 5:38), nor did they experience His love (John 5:42). They did not know the Father, and therefore did not know the Son.” (Wiersbe, 321)
20. “Their further attempts to arrest Jesus were again thwarted by the Father, for it was not yet our Lord’s hour when He should give His life. When the servant of God is in the will of God, he can have courage and peace as he does his duty.” (Wiersbe, 321)
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Borchert, Gerald L., The New American Commentary Volume 25A, John 1-11. Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV: Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004