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John 8:12 (ESV) - John 8:12 ESV - Again Jesus spoke to them,… | Biblia

Jesus is the light. He is the only light. He is the light of the world. It is through Him and by Him that we can see. Now that is some very good news!

Will I dance in His light for all to see? Yes, my Master, I will.

Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (John 8:12). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

This second great I AM statement of Jesus certainly fits into the context of the first eleven verses of John 8. Perhaps the sun was then appearing so that Jesus was comparing Himself to the rising sun.

But this would mean He was once again claiming to be God, for to the Jew, the sun was a symbol of Yahweh God. There is, for our universe, only one sun; and it is the center and the source of life. So there is but one God who is the center of all and the source of all life. “God is light”; and wherever the light shines, it reveals man’s wickedness.

To “follow” the Master Jesus means to believe on Him, to trust Him; and the results are life and light for the believer. The unbelievers are walking in darkness because they love darkness. One of the major messages in this Gospel is that the spiritual light is now shining, but people cannot comprehend it—and they try to put it out.

The Greek word for follow is ἀκολουθέωb (akŏlŏuthĕō, ak-ol-oo-theh´-o) It means to follow or accompany someone who takes the lead in determining direction and route of movement — ‘to accompany as a follower, to follow, to go along with.’ ἠκολούθησαν αὐτῷ ὄχλοι πολλοὶ ἀπὸ τῆς Γαλιλαίας ‘a great crowd from Galilee followed him’ Mt 4:25. ἀκολουθέωb differs from ἀκολουθέωa in that it specifies a factor of accompaniment rather than merely going behind. Source: Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. | James 1:17 (CSB)

Faith at Work: At our places of work, we are to show others the light that Jesus brings into our world. Jesus also challenges us to be a light to others. It can be a simple act of kindness or love to a colleague. Will we be a light for others to find Jesus?