Daily Spirit & Word. 138: Jesus said, “I AM the Light of the Word”.
“He who follows me will never walk in darkness” John 8:12.
Good morning my friends, what an absolutely glorious day yesterday; The SON was Shining; first at Dulwich Park with our grandchildren, sliding, climbing, swinging and ice-creams, then in the evening with one of our Old folks from St Luke’s Church, Sybil was celebrating her 90th Birthday with family and friends, I was invited to speak and open the evening in prayer. Sybil knows her Bible, and whenever I read with her, she mouths the verses along with me (I’ve got to read from the King James Version though). She’s got the light of Jesus in her and I always come away from her home more encouraged, blessed and strengthened in my own faith walk with Jesus. Oh my friends, how we need old saints who love the Lord.
Today we’re thinking again about Jesus and how He’s revealed to us by the Apostle John; we’re thinking about Chapter 8 where Jesus is revealing how He is the Light of the World. We’ll be discovering how that applies to us today and how much we need the light;
In John 8:12 we see that Jesus made; A GREAT CLAIM and A GREAT PROMISE.
John 8:12 (NIV) When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Introduction: Every human has a great need. However, they are not always aware of it, but the need is still there. Human beings are walking in the darkness. How?
⇒ Mankind cannot see into the future nor into the next world.
⇒ Mankind cannot see God, who He is and what He is like.
⇒ Mankind cannot see the real meaning, significance, and purpose of life.
⇒ Mankind cannot grasp perfect knowledge nor assurance of eternal life.
Therefore, man’s greatest need is to see “the Light of the world.”
Thankfully, the Greatest Need of Mankind is met by Discovering that Jesus Christ IS the LIGHT of the WORLD. Because when that need is met we get the awesome promises of God embedded into the depths of our souls; “We’ll never walk in darkness, and we will have the light of life.
Many old hymns have been written about the experience of OLD SAINTS who’ve suddenly come from the ‘Darkness into the LIGHT of Christ’. (See end of today’s message).
We also have many more hymns; of the experience of Living in the Light and Not walking in Darkness.
To see what life is like in the Light, we first need to peer into the Darkness, to see what life is like in the Darkness.
A Dire WARNING: In almost every chapter of John there are many revelations about who Jesus is and why he had come into the world, but equally there are also many promises in those chapters that encourage and strengthen our faith walk with Jesus. Crucially, there are also dire warnings in every chapter and John Chapter 8 has a warning for us too; listen now;
John 8:23-24 (NIV) But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.”
Jesus said, “I AM the light of the World” The Revelation.
Jesus said, “You will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” The Promise.
Jesus said, “If you do not believe in ME, you will indeed die in your sins” The Warning.
Man’s Greatest Need:
Is to discover that he’s in DARKNESS and NEEDS the LIGHT of the WORLD (Jesus Christ).
Man’s Greatest DANGER:
“To die in your sins”….
Satan’s Greatest Deception:
If we were to die in our sins, we would be going to the Judgement Day like this; Everybody that I’ve ever met, who’s in the Darkness, thinks they are ‘good enough’ to get into heaven. (That’s Satan’s most brilliant deception). They’ve been convinced first, that God is ‘good’ and ‘loving’ and ‘kind’. He’ll never send anyone to Hell, because a God of LOVE would never do anything as evil as sending someone to Hell, right? No my friends, Satan has deceived you and most of mankind into believing that God will not do that.
We’re going to Judgement Day: To appear before the Lord Jesus Christ (He’s the Judge); What are we trusting that will enable us to get into heaven on that day?
Our own Idolatrous God (one we’ve made that suits ourselves), He’ll not send us to hell. That’s a fiction, false notion and false foolish belief system.
Our own Goodness: Most people believe they are not that bad, that they’ve not done that much wrong, that they are good enough to get into heaven.
Our own Good Works: Most people on earth today believe that their ‘good deeds’ will earn them a place in Heaven. “Oh yes, I’ve done wrong, I’ve broken God’s commandments, but I’ve also done a lot of ‘good’ things too, surely God will look at my life and see that I’ve done far more good than evil” That’s what people in Darkness say and that’s what they believe.
No wonder Jesus gave us such a dire WARNING; “If you don’t believe in me, you will indeed die in your sins”… People in Darkness rely on themselves and false notions of God’s goodness, they don’t think that their sins are that bad, so they are prepared to risk it, prepared to go to God with their sins still on them, and justify themselves and plead their cause themselves.
It’s like going into the Highest Court in the Land and saying, “I don’t need a QC (Queen’s Council Lawyer / Advocate) I’ll represent myself”. How Foolish, the Prosecution would tear you to pieces.
We are all going into the Courtroom of Heaven one Day; We’ll stand charged with breaking God’s Moral LAWS and we’ll all be GUILTY even before we speak, because we’ve all broken God’s eternal LAWS (The Ten Commandments).
When Jesus said, “You will indeed die in your sins”, that’s what we will be doing. Self-Representation before a Holy and Righteous God. We’ll have the most brilliant Prosecution Council ever: They know we’re guilty and can prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt. We’ve ALL Broken God’s Holy Law. (Lying, stealing, cheating, coveting, lust (adultery), not keeping the Sabbath Holy, making a God to suit ourselves (Idolatry), not living God first and with all our heart.).
That’s what it’s like to live and walk in the Darkness. We’re fooled into thinking we’re OK. We’ll be judged by a holy and righteous God. What’s it like walking in the light?
The People Walking in the Light:
Isaiah 9:2-3 (NIV) “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder.”
However, those people who’ve come into the light of Christ, who’ve believed, trusted and received Jesus Christ, are not walking in that Darkness anymore, they have been enlightened. They’ve seen that they are indeed sinners, they’ve broken God’s moral laws and deserve to die, they deserve God’s punishment for all their sins = Hell forever, but they’ve TRUSTED that Jesus Christ died upon the CROSS for their sins, they can now see much more clearly than ever before, their need for Jesus Christ. They now know that wonderful promise of Jesus; “You shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”… They’ve got the light of life, they are living daily in that light and following Jesus Christ.
When people who’ve believed that Jesus is the LIGHT of the World appear before the Judgement seat of Christ, they know they’ll have not a QC but a KC… They’ll have the King himself as their own personal counsellor, they’ve already passed from Judgement into LIFE. They’ve been Judged already, because they’ve Accepted Jesus words, they know and believe that He is the Light of the World. They will never walk in darkness again, not for all eternity. They’ll be in the LIGHT of HEAVEN.
The only things they’ll be appearing at the Judgement Seat of Christ for are not for Judgement for Salvation; but for Promises of Rewards in Heaven. He’ll look at our walk since we’ve trusted in Him, and He’ll either reward us greatly in Heaven for all eternity or we’ll suffer some loss, but we’ll still be in Heaven. (How have you been investing in Heaven? Have you been storing up treasures here on Earth or are you investing in your Eternal Destiny?).
Oh how Glorious to be in the Light of Christ: We’ll know why were here in earth, we’ll discover our purpose in life, we’ll know what’s on the other side of this life on earth = Heaven forever. We’ll discover what life is all about when we’ve got Jesus, the Light of the World living on the inside of us. Have you got the LIGHT of the WORLD yet? Is He in you? Are you walking in the Light?
Mankind’s Greatest Need:
Is to see the light of Christ and to walk in the light. Is only met when we wake them up in the Darkness.
How can we do that?
If you saw a BLIND Man walking towards the edge of the cliff top at Beachy Head, would you sit there on the grass enjoying your picnic with the family and just let him slowly walk to his certain death? NO! Would you just sit a back and chomp on another sandwich and drink your juice as he slowly stumbled close to the edge? NO! Would you shout out to him; “Blind man, your heading towards a cliff edge” No! You get up, you’d throw your sandwich down, you run up to him and grab him and warn him, you shake him up in order to save his life.
My friends, countless millions of people are like that poor blind man, walking in darkness, walking towards certain death, they are all going to die in their sins, they are going to the judgement of Christ and they are going to go to Hell, because of their sins. Will we just sit back and enjoy the fact that we’re saved, that we’re OK that we’re going to Heaven? NO! If there is any compassion in us at all, we’ll be moved to shake them up, to open their blind eyes and let them see the light of Jesus Christ.
How, How can we open the eyes of people born in Darkness?
It’s the Gospel of Jesus Christ that can open their eyes and let them see the light.
But Satan had done a great job, he’s blinded the eyes of people, so that they can’t see:
2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV) “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
Jesus IS; ‘The LIGHT of the WORLD’ but the world cannot see the LIGHT because they’ve been blinded, blinded from birth, they are in total darkness and headed for a great fall. They need to be stopped in their tracks.
As you share the GOSPEL, it’s the Good News of Jesus Christ; listen now; Romans 1:16 (NIV) “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”
It’s the Gospel that IS the POWER of God to Salvation: People walking in DARKNESS can have their eyes opened, they can see the light of life, that Jesus Christ is the Light of the World, when we SHARE the GOSPEL with them.
Their GREATEST NEED can be met when you share the GOSPEL.
How do we do that?
Firstly, those of us who’ve seen the light, who’re walking in the light, must let the LIGHT shine in the darkness.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
You’ve believed and trusted that Jesus Christ IS the Light of the World. You are not walking in the Darkness anymore, you have the light of life, so now you must ; “Let the light that is in you shine.” Jesus is in YOU, let Him shine His light on the lives of others who’re walking in Darkness. How? by your good deeds.
Secondly, Share the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ; How he lived, how he died, why he died, how He’s come back from the dead and is now in Heaven, How he’s coming back one day to Judge all mankind. How people need to be SAVED by Jesus Christ. What His death upon the Cross was for; for our sins. How we can have all our sins washed away. How we can pass from Darkness into the Light, by trusting in Jesus, by receiving Jesus, by believing in Jesus Christ; THE LIGHT of the WORLD.
In that way, you’ll be shaking the blind man walking to certain death over the cliff edge of death and dying in their sins.
I’d like to end by reviewing this sermon today;
People’s Greatest NEED is to see the LIGHT (Jesus IS the LIGHT of the World). Revelation.
God’s Greatest Promises: “You will not walk in DARKNESS, but will have the LIGHT of LIFE.”
God’s Greatest and MOST DIRE Warning: If people don’t accept the LIGHT they’ll die in their sins and face the judgement.
God’s Greatest Challenge: “Let your LIGHT Shine” “Share the GOSPEL”.
My friends, have you;
believed that Jesus is THE LIGHT of the WORLD?
are you walking in His Light right now?
Will you let your light shine and will you share the Gospel?
People are blind, heading for eternity still in their sins, have compassion and open their eyes. Amen.
God bless and keep you walking in the light, when you find you’ve been wandering in the darkness, repent and seek His forgiveness and continue in His light again. Let the light shine today and share His Good NEWS of the GOSPEL with those He puts across your path. They need to be snatched from the flames of Hell.
Two Hymns that can really help us focus upon this teaching of Jesus being; The Light of the Word.
Two Hymns that can really help us focus upon this teaching today:
An Army of Ordinary People: by Dave Bilbrough.
Light of the World (Here I am to worship) by Tim Hughes.
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