THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
Light is one of those things that are
not truly appreciated until they are gone. For instance I remember preaching an evening service one night and our power went
out, and we went scurrying to find alternate means of lighting. I remember being in a salt mine, on the coast of Louisiana and
the lights went out. I could put my finger up close to my eyes and could not see it. It was so dark that I could even
feel it. It reminded me of the darkness which was one of the plagues that God put on Egypt to get Pharaoh to release
the children of Israel (Exd.10:21-22). And I also thought about the darkness of God’s judgment (Mt. 22:13-14)
Jesus said: (John 9:5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. In Mal. 4 and Ps. 19, the Lord Jesus is typified by the sun. He is the SUN of God as well as the SON of
When Jesus left this earth, in a sense the light went out.
The sun set, and we are in a "night-time dispensation." Now the moon (the church) is shining, but her light is the REFLECTED
light of the SUN which is the SON.
Consider with me four aspects of this simple but wonderful
I. THE REAL LIGHT (Jh. 1:1-5)
1. He is the First Light
A. The light
1. Compare (Gen. 1:1-3)
with (Gen. 1:16) to see
that there was light for this earth before God
B. The light
1. Paul saw a light above the brightness of the sun
2. He is the True Light (John 1:9)
A. The light
of the lost (those without Christ) is
B. Religion of man is
a false light.
C. Philosophy of man
is a false light.
D. Secular education
is a false light.
3. He is the Eternal
Light (Rev. 21:23)
A. In eternity
future, Jesus will be the light of the
B. The light
bulbs of this world eventually burn out.
C. Praise God,
He NEVER goes out but continues
to bring light throughout eternity!
II. THE REVEALING LIGHT (Heb.4:13)
1. He reveals our sins
A. Secret actions
B. Secret words
D. Secret motives
2. He reveals our steps
A. Our direction
B. Our destiny
3. He reveals salvation! (2 Cor.
A. Hank Williams said he saw the light,
saw the wrong light and if he did then he
went to hell when he died.
B. Paul saw the TRUE light and died and
C.We may not see a literal light,
but every person who
saved beholds the light of the glorious gospel of
III. THE REJECTED LIGHT (John 3:18-21)
1. Rejected by the proud
A. There are many who
don't want to admit that they
are in darkness.
B. They won't admit
that their light does not work.
C. They do not want
to accept a light that is not of
their own making.
2. Rejected by the pleasure-seekers
A. Although no
person must give up anything in
order to be saved, when a person is under
conviction they realize that certain things in their
life are not in accordance with the holiness of
God. He knows that he must give up those things
if he is not to be thought of as a hypocrite, so he
lets the earthly pleasures keep him from trusting
B. They love darkness,
C. They love the
beach, not the Bible.
D. They love pleasure,
E. They love sin,
not the Son of God.
3. Rejected by the prosperous
A. They trust in their
B. They think they can
buy heaven with their money.
IV. THE REQUIRED LIGHT (John 11:9-10)
1. Without Jesus, you will stumble into heartache
A. In marriage
B. In your job
C. In your finances
D. In your family
2. Without Jesus, you will stumble
is the truth (Jn. 14:6).
B. His word
is truth (Jn. 17:17).
3. Without Jesus, you will stumble
A woman named Rose Crawford had been blind for 50 years.
"I just can't believe it!" she gasped as the doctor lifted the bandages from her eyes after her recovery from delicate surgery
in an Ontario hospital. She wept for joy when for the first time in her life a dazzling and beautiful world of form and color
greeted eyes that now were able to see. The amazing thing about the story, however, is that 20 years of her blindness had
been unnecessary. She didn't know that surgical techniques had been developed, and that an operation could have restored her
vision at the age of 30. The doctor said, "She just figured there was nothing that could be done about her condition. Much
of her life could have been different."
As I read the news account of her case, some questions came
to mind. Why did she continue to assume that her situation was hopeless? Had no one told her about the wonderful advances
in eye surgery? Then I thought of the plight of those unreached by the Gospel. How many will go on living in moral blindness
unless we bring them to the Savior? Millions will never know anything but spiritual darkness because no one has shared with
them the Light that has come into the world.