The Light of the World

I’ve watched this video 5 or 6 times already since it was released last week (I think) and I love it. It gave me a whole new perspective on the verses in John chapter 8 which it is taken from. While I wonder a little bit if the tone of voice in Christ’s initial statement about being the light of world might have been different than how it’s portrayed here, I find the rest of it carries the truth of Christ’s words.

From the New Testament there is the indication that during His ministry Jesus was continually surrounded by both doubters and believers, as well as others who hadn’t yet made up their mind about Him. He repeatedly had to deal with those who wanted to discredit and demonize Him and also take His life, and at the same time still be the great teacher and example of love and truth that He was in word and action. Everything He did was in love and patience, yet the darkness and unbelief that was in the Pharisees who questioned Him here was so great they couldn’t see the beautiful Savior that was right in front of them. In this sense it’s extremely sad to watch the portrayal of their disbelief, to see the encounter between them and Christ unfold as He says, “…if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.”

When considering how the Pharisees kept mentioning Abraham and their connection to him and at the same time that they considered Jesus to be blasphemous by simply declaring the truth of His being the fulfillment of all of the prophets before Him, I can’t help but make a comparison to today. There are some who look back to Christ’s day and believe he was is the Son of God and that the Bible is true (which is good), but then they find it hard to believe the great things God has done in our day and would even oppose it, and would regard any continuation of revelation and of God’s speaking to man in a similar way today, as being blasphemous.

While Jesus is walking away there is the sense that He is deeply saddened by their hardened hearts, sad for them rather than for the fate ahead of Him as he says, “…But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God …Why do ye not understand my speech?”

I know Jesus is the light of the World, without Him there would be no love, no forgiveness, no happiness, no joy in this world. But He does live, He did suffer and die for us, was raised the third day so that we could all be resurrected. He fulfilled His mission, His arm of mercy is extended to us even in our times of bitterness and disbelief. He has a pure love that never fails, if we’ll place our trust in Him and follow His words we can live with Him eternally.

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