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I AM the Light of the World

As we continue our study in the gospel of John we come to an outrageous claim of Jesus. Jesus claims that he is the Light of the World. The original Jewish audience would have rightly understood that this title was a reference to the light that guided the Jewish nation in the wildness. Jesus is now taking this title upon himself and is claiming that he is the Light. Jesus then proceeds to heal a man of a life of blindness. In this exciting portion of scripture Jesus is physically healing people while simultaneously revealing his divinity. Then there are two reactions to Jesus. One man understands his inability to see and is then given sight. Meanwhile others declare themselves to understand and in so doing they sentence themselves. Jesus proclaims, "If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, 'We see,' your guilt remains."