The Light of the World JOHN 8:12-30 03/03/2019
Pastor Troy VanHorn
HEAD: What did I learn?
(How did my understanding of God change, what thought, fact, or insight did I discover?)
HEART: What did I feel?
(Does it match up with what God has said about me in His Word? Does it move me closer to Him or separate us?)
HANDS: What will I do about it?
(Is there a sin to repent of and confess, is there an attitude to change, a behavior to stop or start?)
Have you ever been called as a witness in a court case? Have you been on a jury? What was it like for you? What made someone’s testimony believable?
What does it require for you to believe someone is genuine or authentic?
In the Jewish Law, it was required for two witnesses to provide believable testimony. A person could not testify on their own behalf. (Deuteronomy 19:15) The Jewish leaders are applying this to Jesus again. They forgot his previous defense in John 5:33-47, in that he referred to John the Baptist, his works, the Father, and the Scriptures (Torah). He doesn’t even fight at this point-it is not worth it-because they would not believe anyway. How would you have responded to Jesus’s claims at this point?
John’s use of Old Testament references shows his audience would know much about the Jewish festivals and laws. This “I AM” statement is the second in this unit of Scripture (John 7&8.) This refers back to Exodus 3:14. When God tells Moses that he should say that “I AM” sent him. Jesus statement that “I am the light of the world” refers to the lighting of the lamps in the court of the temple. This was a reference to the pillar of fire by night that led the Israelites out of Egypt. Last week, in John 7 he said that Rivers of Living Water will flow from him. This is a reference to the rock that water came from when the Israelites were in the desert. It was a physical reminder to the people of God’s presence. Jesus makes the statement ‘when you have lifted up the Son of Man…’ This is a reference back to Moses and the symbol of the serpent bringing healing to disobedient Israelites. It is also a fulfillment of Isa 52:13. Knowing the whole counsel of God’s Word fuels our affections and wonder for God. It brings a deeper understanding and insight into God’s greatness! How can you encourage each other read, know, study, memorize, and apply God’s Word?
Take time and share how you can and will commit to help each other grow in your affection for God through his Word.
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