August 28, 2019 by directorfsm
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “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 ESV)
Otra vez Jesús les habló, diciendo: Yo soy la luz del mundo; el que me sigue, no andará en tinieblas, sino que tendrá la luz de la vida. (RVR 1960)
The second in our series on Jesus’ seven great “I AM” statements in the Gospel of John. Again in case you missed Part I the obvious Jesus is beyond a doubt inferring He is divine, God, by calling Himself “I AM” this is something the Jewish people, especially the leaders would not miss.
Why say I am the light of the world, here at this point in the Gospel? Context, (yes I know my favorite word) let us look back for a moment at Chapter 7. Jesus has been in shall we say discussions with the chief priests and Pharisees, who as usual are trying to trap him and find something to use against Him. They came to arrest Him but the guards/soldiers were so intrigued by Jesus’ words and teachings they returned without Him.
John begins Chapter 8 with the story about the Women Caught in Adultery. This almost seems out of sync with the story but that is life, events never seem to unfold as we would like or plan them too do they.
So now we get to out text for today. Most commentators agree, it connects to the Feast of Booths in Chapter 7. One of the rituals performed during the Festival was to light lamps with wicks made from the worm robes of the priests. Jesus’s in rebuking the chief priests and pharisees makes His great proclamation I am the light of the world!
What did Jesus mean when He said; Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. There is even a greater meaning connected to the Feast of Booths that some seem to skip over, that we can not. The main reason(s) for the Feast were twofold; celebrate the harvest and remember God’s salvation of the people of Israel.
Jesus makes it simple do you want the harvest of eternal life? Walk in my light.
Walking implies activity; but it must be of a continuous kind. Neither this step, nor that, nor the next, can make a walk. We must be moving onward and onward, and remain in that exercise, or we cease from walking. Holy walking includes perseverance in obedience, and continuance in service. Not he that begins, but he that continues is the true Christian; final perseverance enters into the very essence of the believer’s life: the true pilgrims of Zion go from strength to strength. This suggests that walking implies progress. He that takes one step, and another step, and still stands where he was, has not walked. There is such a thing as the goose step, and I am afraid many Christians are wonderfully familiar with it: they are where they used to be, and are half inclined to congratulate themselves upon that fact, since they might have backslidden. They have not advanced in the heavenly pilgrimage, and how can they be said to walk? My hearer, is your life a walk with God and towards God? If so, our subject has to deal with you. May the Spirit of all grace lead us into the heart of it!
(C. H. Spurgeon.)