Track Group | 26.5
Track Group | 26.5
Hi Everyone and welcome to this week’s Track Group Online!
We’ve been looking at the I AM statements that Jesus made.
There were seven and last week we looked at Jesus saying that he is the good shepherd.
This week we are looking at what it means for Jesus to say:
“I AM the light of the world”
John 8:12 (NIV)
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Have you ever tripped or tepped on something when you’ve got up in the night? Light is so important we don’t even really think about it… well, until it’s dark.
Jesus says that he is the light of the world. He’s not making a claim to be the sun, rather he is using this metaphore to highlight that he brings clarity, sight and understanding to the world. When there is no light it’s hard to work out what things are, where you are… Jesus being the light of the world provides us orientation. We get to know how to be in the world. We get to know where we are going.
There is a whole Biblical theme that runs through the Bible, that of exile. I’ll pop the Bible Project video in this post too.
Jesus announces that he is the light, the path out of exile.
When Jesus says that he is the light of the world there is an interesting pair with some of his other words in Matthew 5:14-16:
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Jesus says that WE are the light of the world. We radiate his light into the world. Whe you think about it, that’s our purpose as human beings: to image God. To be “like” him. When we let God’s love and light shine through us, through our actions and words, people see what it means to be truly human. This theme of being light to the world calls us to act.
How can you be a light to world?
Are there parts of your life that you need to let the light in on?
Worship & Prayer
For a prayer activity today, why don’t you light a candle and reflect on what it means for Jesus to be the light of the world and the call that is made on our lives to be God’s light shining out into the world today.
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