I Am The Light Of The World

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world."

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I Am The Light Of The World

John 8:12-20 I Am the Light of the World

JOHN 8:12  12 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.”

To whom did Jesus say, "I am the light of the world..." if everybody had "left" (John 8:9)?
The accusers of the woman caught in adultery had left but the people who were being "taught" (John 8:2) before their intrusion were still there. John 8:20 below says that Jesus spoke these word "in the treasury... in the temple," so He may have moved to a different part of the temple. It also may be a little later since (other) Pharisees had arrived.

Why did He declare to them, "I am the light of the world"?
When night fell on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, four golden lamps were lit in the temple and remained lit for the duration of the feast. The Greek word translated, "early in the morning" in John 8:2 is orthros, which literally means "dawn." As the day dawned after the last night of the feast, the four golden lamps are extinguished. It is at this moment that Jesus told those around Him, “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)

What does it mean to "not walk in darkness but have the light of life"?
To not continue lost in sin but to have Jesus light up and be the path to eternal life.

JOHN 8:13  13 The Pharisees therefore said to Him, “You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.”

What do the Pharisees mean by Jesus' witness being "not true"?
According to the Jewish legal standard, a testimony was valid only if two men witnessed to it. They were saying that since Jesus is alone in His witness, His testimony is invalid.

JOHN 8:14-20  14 Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me. 17 It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 18 I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.” 19 Then they said to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.” 20 These words Jesus spoke in the treasury as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come.

What is Jesus saying in John 8:14?
Even if He is the alone as a witness, His testimony is valid because He is someone to whom their legal standard doesn't apply.

Is it true that Jesus judges "no one" as He says in John 8:15?
Jesus has full authority to judge - "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth." (Matthew 28:18) - but didn't use it. Instead of judging and condemning the world, He came to save it. But if they don’t believe in Him, they end up judged and condemned by their own unbelief.

What is He adding in John 8:16-18?
Even according to their legal standard, His witness is valid because the second witness is God the Father in heaven.

Why didn’t they arrest Him?
“His hour had not yet come.” (John 8:20)

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