I AM: Beholding Christ in the Gospel of John
The Gospel of John paints a profound picture of Jesus Christ. Through the seven “I AM” statements Jesus declares about himself, we get a glimpse into His character, His motives, His interactions, and the ways He fulfills the Old Testament echoes of His purpose. But most of all, we get to see the profound love He has for all of us as he declares “I AM” over every area of our lives.
I AM the Light of the World
I AM The Light of the World: “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.” (John 8:12)
In order to fully understand the claims Jesus was making in this I AM statement, you would need to take journey all the way back to Genesis Chapter One: “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” (Genesis 1:2-4)
Even then, when the very existence of the world was dark, void, and empty, God had a solution to take what was formless and bring life and form to it. His remedy was, and always has been, the light of life. In this statement from God, what was formless became formed, darkness was put on its heels, and what was void was being filled with the light of life.
When Jesus proclaims “I AM the light of the world,” He is accomplishing the same things in each of our hearts and lives. In those moments in John Chapter Eight, and even in the moments where we encounter Jesus today, He is still proclaiming: “I alone take what is formless and I form it, I put the darkness of the world on high alert, and I fill the voids of life with the light of life.”
Join us this Sunday at 10:00am as we continue our I AM message series and together make the choice to allow Jesus be the light of life as we walk away from the darkness forever.