Light of the World
In John 7 we learned about the 'Water Drawing Ceremony' and Jesus as the Living Water that gives us life. Today we are talking about Jesus, the Light of the World. On the first night of the Feast of the Tabernacles there was a special ceremony in the Court of the Women at the Temple. Four huge candelabras, with a total of sixteen ginormous bowls of oil, were lit to remind the people how wonderful it had been when God's Shekinah glory had filled His Temple. Jesus is present in the Temple and many of the people don’t recognize God’s Glory when they see Him. Jesus is that Glory come to earth.
John 8:12 MSG
“Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
Walking in darkness is difficult. Most of us have woken up in the night and tried to move from one room to another. Stumbling around in the dark can be scary and treacherous. Those who walk in darkness of the world, become accustomed to their surroundings and can manage to maneuver, yet they are missing the Light that makes their path easier.
John 8: 13-19 MSG
“The Pharisees replied, “You are making those claims about yourself! Such testimony is not valid.” Jesus told them, “These claims are valid even though I make them about myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don’t know this about me. You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone. And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me. Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact. I am one witness, and my Father who sent me is the other.” “Where is your father?” they asked. Jesus answered, “Since you don’t know who I am, you don’t know who my Father is. If you knew me, you would also know my Father.”
The Pharisees are the leaders of religious studies and judgement within their nation. The Pharisees had allowed themselves to think they knew more than anyone else and they had the capacity to judge others with impunity. They set the standard for who’s who among the religious elite. Here come Jesus and crowds of people are gathering to hear what He is saying and teaching. He is well spoken and knows His Scriptures, yet no one seems to know who He is or where He comes from. Jesus responds to them, again, with the laws of Moses that they follow closely. ‘Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact. I am one witness, and my Father who sent me is the other’, and still they are not satisfied. They can’t see the forest for the trees. Jesus meets every criteria in the Old Testament, yet they do not realize that the Glory of God is standing before them speaking to them in person. ‘Since you don’t know who I am, you don’t know who my Father is. If you knew me, you would also know my Father.’
John 8:20 MSG
‘Jesus made these statements while he was teaching in the section of the Temple known as the Treasury. But he was not arrested, because his time had not yet come.”
The first night of the Feast of the Tabernacles the light shone brightly for all to see, as flames were lit in each of the bowls. The Temple, high on a hill, was illuminated and magnificent for anyone to see. Here in verse 20 is another mention of the Temple and the section known as the Treasury. The Court of Women held the Treasury, so on this day Jesus was preaching and teaching to everyone as the Glory of God, the Light of the World. The Light of the World remains available to everyone. Jesus, the Light of the World, is and always will be our illuminating source of light unto our path. Jesus is God's Glory come to earth.