I am the Light
John 8:12New King James Version (NKJV)
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.”
History Behind this Verse
Historians are not one hundred perfect certain who authored the book of John, but they do all note that the book of John reads as an eye witness account of Jesus' ministry. The author of this book describes himself as "the disciple whom Jesus loved." He writes with one main purpose: to prove the divinity of Jesus. The word "believe" appears The over 100 times in this book.author writes this book to help us "believe" that Jesus Christ truly is the son of The Almighty God. Verse 12 takes place as Jesus is teaching to the multitude of people who traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of the Tabernacles was a yearly celebration that was (and is) a very important Jewish tradition. It was a way to help all Jews to remember their ancestors' desert wandering and to recall how at the end of the 40 years God led them to the promise land. It was a time for all Jewish people to gather and celebrate all the ways that God had blessed both them and their ancestors. During this feast there were several traditions. One tradition was for different religious men to stand and teach lessons to the crowds that had gathered. The teachers who considered themselves to be the most important would usually try to speak to the crowd first. It is interesting to note that Jesus did the opposite. He waited until close to the end to share his teachings. To me, this is a great demonstration of WHO Jesus is! This public event would be the first time that several of these people had ever heard Jesus speak. This was His chance to introduce Himself. His teachings consisted of "I am" statements. He used this opportunity to share His purpose and His LOVE with His people. Jesus knew that some of the people at this celebration were religious, but not necessarily followers of "The Truth." He understood that some of the people in the crowd liked to use the 10 commandments as a way to judge others and that they would not be ready to hear His offer of LOVE and GRACE. Jesus understood before He even began to speak that many of the people in attendance were waiting for a strict and punishing Messiah to appear. He used these "I AM" statements to paint a clear picture to the Jewish people of who their Messiah actually WAS and IS!!
Throughout the book of John, Jesus declared 7 "I Am" statements:
“I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger.” John 6:35
“I am the light of the world; he who fallows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12
“I am the gate; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9
4. Good Shepherd
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.” John 10:11
- Resurrection and Life
“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.” John 11:25
- Way, Truth, Life
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” John 14:6
- True vine
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.” John 15:1
Key Words: I Am
John 8:58. Jesus said, “Truly, Truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am”, which means that Jesus existed before His human life on earth.
definition of 'am"- verb.
- (used with I) a form of the present tense (indicative mood) of be1
* Notice it states: PRESENT TENSE.... Jesus has ALWAYS been and will ALWAYS be. That is a HUGE realization that we should not brush over!
Connection To Us Today
There is never a time or a place when Jesus is not with us! He has ALWAYS existed and WILL ALWAYS exist! We can turn to Him anytime day or night for direction, grace, and LOVE!