New City Church - Austin

Jesus Changes Everything: Light of the World (John 8:12-20)

Soma Austin Community Church
Sermon Notes - Gospel of John: Light of the World, John 8:12-20
June 7, 2009

(these are notes for the sermon, not a transcript)

READ John 8:12-20
So what is this whole discussion about? Jesus is claiming he is the 'light of the world'.  Why is this important?

Psalm 27:1
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 119:105-106
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
106 I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules.

Jesus is saying he is light, in the same way that God is light, in the same way that God's word is light.
Light = truth, knowledge

Jesus is saying that those who follow him, have the light of life.  Let's walk through this passage and look for clues from Jesus about how to follow him.

John 8:12-20
12 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.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going.

Jesus says the knowledge of where he is from and where he is going is light!  Knowing about Jesus, that he is from God, that he is with God, that he is God is walking in the light.  Jesus is also saying that those who suppress the truth of God, who deny Jesus as God, are walking in darkness, in a lack of knowledge.

15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.

Another way to follow Jesus, and walk in the light is to stop condemning others, but desire in your heart that they might be saved by Jesus.  (John 3:17).  Stop understanding others in their flesh, but understand spiritual truths about ourselves and others.  Over and over in John, Jesus contrasts understanding things in physical ways vs. spiritual ways.  Don't dog them for their weaknesses in the flesh, and don't think too highly of your own flesh.  Be aware of how you think about yourself and others.

16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. 17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

I mentioned John 3:17 earlier, let's look at that section again for another huge clue as to how to walk in the light.

John 3:16-21
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

This passage says that although Jesus has come into the world, some people love darkness more. Those people play with dark things and they sometimes bathe in dark things.  Regularly many of us find ourselves rolling around dark things in our hearts and our minds.  Some of us return to our vomit.

Some of us fight in areas filled with shadows. We don't know what's light and what's darkness sometimes.  We might even want out of the dark, but don't know the way.

How do we escape from that vicious cycle of going to darkness?
1.    Believe in the name of the only Son of God, Jesus.
2.    Walk in His light by treasuring Him as Lord.
3.    Walk in His light by knowing Him more deeply through His word.
4.    Walk in His light by seeking to understand things spiritually, rather then physically.
5.    When we believe in Him, treasure Him, and know Him, when we seek to understand spiritual things, we begin discerning between light and dark more clearly.
1.    What stirs your affections for Jesus, what draws you near Jesus?
2.    What robs you of joy, what pulls you away from Jesus?

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