John 8:12 (NKJV) Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
“And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14 NKJV). Notice that Jesus says “I AM.” Jesus makes a claim to His deity. Jesus is God the Son. Our Lord Jesus Christ stepped down from heaven and clothed Himself in humanity in order to redeem us. And He also came to this earth to reveal God to man. Jesus used commonplace things like bread, light and water to symbolize Himself that we may easily learn more about God. Jesus uses ordinary things to speak of the extraordinary things about God. Jesus uses the physical to speak of the spiritual. Jesus uses the temporal things of this earth to speak of the eternal things in heaven. Jesus gives us a revelation of God when He tells us “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35 NKJV). Also, when He says “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12 NKJV). And the same is true when Jesus says “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 NKJV). Through these symbolisms, we understand that not only is God self-existing, but that He also meets our every need. And we learn more about Jesus’ reconciliation ministry when Jesus says “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (John 10:11 NKJV). And when Jesus says “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9 NKJV). And also, when Jesus says “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25 NKJV). And the same is true when Jesus says “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 NKJV). God reconciled the world of lost sinners unto Himself through the shed blood of His Son Jesus Christ. God is absolute in His holiness and in His justice. Being a holy and just God, He had to deal with sin. And the penalty for sin is death. My friends, Jesus paid it all. And all to Him we owe. We celebrate the birth of our Savior, because it is when God put His plan of salvation into motion. This is the true reason for the season. And as believers we are to follow Christ, looking to Jesus as the Light of the World.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.