Thursday, December 8, 2011

Verse for Today Blog - John 8:12 (click to read more)

John 8:12

"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.”"

Read all of John 8

John 8 is one of those important chapters.  It provides a snapshot of our Lord's ministry as he is confronting the unbelief of the Jesus leaders.  Toward the end of this chapter it will heat up to the point where he tells the scribes and pharisees that they are not Abraham's children, but Satan's.

Today's verse is much more positive.  Jesus makes a profoundly exclusive affirmation.  He is the Light of the World.  If He is, then no one else is.  As the Light, he gives light that we might really see.  There is a quote from CS Lewis that goes something like this, "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything ...."

He then applies this truth to His followers (us)... "that they will never walk in darkness... but will have the light of life."  Hear Him.

This passage reminds me of a verse from Psalm 36, 

 8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,
         And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
 9 For with You is the fountain of life;
         In Your light we see light. 

 10 Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You,
         And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.

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