In John 8:12, Jesus said “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life”. Jesus uttered these words after saving a sinful woman caught in adultery. The Scribes and Pharisees wanted to test how Jesus would react in such a situation so they brought the woman before Him. They asked Jesus of His opinion capitalizing on the Law of Moses. The Law demanded the capital punishment by stoning of this woman, but Rome had taken the rights for issuing capital punishment away from the Jewish courts. In this way, the Jewish leaders put Jesus into a difficult situation. If Jesus will refuse to implement the law, He will compromise his nationalistic Jewish followers. On the other hand if He will side with the Law of Moses, it will mean rejecting the Roman rule and that would allow Jewish leaders to tarnish His reputation before the Roman authorities.
Jesus reacted in a very intelligent manner. He just stooped down and wrote on the ground. When the Jewish leaders continued in their insinuations, He said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” Those who heard His judgment were convicted by their conscience and went out one by one from the oldest to the youngest. When all has gone and only Jesus and the woman were left, Jesus said to her “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” Then Jesus spoke again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
What does Christ mean when He said “I am the light of the World”?
It demonstrates the purity of Christ’s character.
Light is a metaphor for purity. Light cannot be polluted in anyway. It is the most hygienic element that we know about. Even if it passes something that is contaminated, it will come out as pure as when it entered it. Light demonstrates the perfect holiness of Christ. He was holy from His birth until His death. Apostle Peter proclaimed there’s not even a single deceit found on His mouth. His holiness exudes His character. Everything that He has done has not even the slightest of impurity. There might be specks on the sun, but there’s nothing that has marred the beauty of Christ’s holiness. And this, He demonstrated to the sinful woman. He said to her, “neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more!” Who could condemn and forgive but only Him who is holy?
It authenticates the vividness of Christ’s revelations
Light is a metaphor for transparency. No other elements can be as revealing as light. It exposes and eliminates darkness. Darkness can’t stand in its presence. And so the Jewish leaders filled with evil intentions went out of Christ’s way. If not for the Lord Jesus Christ, the sinful woman will be continuing to follow the prince of darkness and fill her heart and mind with uncleanness. The sinful woman was released from the darkness from then on, forgiven from her sins and followed Christ all the days of her life.
It confirms that Christ is the ultimate source of Truth
Light is a symbol for truth. Darkness symbolizes error. As darkness cannot remain in light, so error cannot remain in the Truth. There is only one truth and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth and the life. The Jewish leaders wanted Christ to commit error, but Christ cannot and will not for He cannot tell a lie. He knows what’s in their minds for He knows all things. The sinful woman understood and experienced Christ in her life and Christ made her a brand new person. Come to Christ in prayer and experience His holiness, sincerity and reality.
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