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The Light of the World

44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.

45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.

46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

John 12:44-47

When the Lord said “I am The Light of the World,” James Smith wrote an article that can help us to understand what the Light of Jesus was:

Jesus said “I am come a Light of the World.” In Him was no darkness at all. The purity and power of ineffable light was in Him, to meet the needs and solve the problems of a guilty and benighted world. “I am come.” There is no other light powerful enough to scatter the darkness of a world. He comes not as a citizen to share our sorrows, or as a patron. But as a light to be revealed. This was the world’s first great need.

It was the light of the great Heavenly Father’s will revealed in the Son. “I have not spoken of myself,” He says, “but the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a command what to say, and what words to speak.” The body of Jesus Christ was a lantern, the light that was in Him was the Light of God, the manifestation was through His words and works. These words and works reveal infinite love and mercy, hand in hand with infinite power and holiness. The shining was perfect, for He could say, “He that seeth Me, seeth Him that sent Me.”

“I am come not to judge the world, but to save the world.” The purpose of every lighthouse is salvation. Light is a great saviour from death and destruction. There were those who were opposed to gas light, when first introduced in 1807, but it was declared that the new light had done more for the reduction in crime than all parliament since the days of Alfred. The Light of Christ is sin’s greatest enemy. To see a father’s love in the life and death of His beloved Son is to see our own need and God’s remedy. he has not com as a light to shine out judgement, and condemnation, but that the world through Him might be saved.

“Whosoever believeth in Me shall not abide in darkness.” This heavenly and saving Light shines into the hearts of those who with the heart believe in Him. Hear his word, believe them, yield to them, and the light of life will possess the soul. having believed in Him as the Light of your life, you will find there is no darkness in Him at all.

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