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The Light of the World - Part 2 (3 of 11)
Series: I Am
Ernest L. Easley
I have a question for you today: have you ever prayed, ''Lord, what is it You want me to do?'' We all are faced everyday with life decisions and all of them impact our life or the life of others.
So how do you know what to decide? On what basis will you make those decisions? What about last week's decisions? And having made the decisions you made, how do you know you've done the right thing regardless how it turns out?
''Lord, what is it You want me to do?'' Well, the answer to those nine words is found in the twenty-two words of Jesus in John 8.12 where He says, ''I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.''
Now we are currently in a study of those seven I AM statements of Jesus recorded by John. After God had instructed Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt into the Promised Land, he asked God in Exodus 3.13-14, ''When I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, 'What is His name?' What shall I say to them? And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM.'' And He said, ''Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ''I AM has sent me to you.''
And when God said that, He was saying, ''I AM the God that was, that is and that will always be.'' Learn this about our God today: He has no origin. His existence is not dependent upon anything else but Himself. A.W. Tozer called Him ''the great original self.''
So here in John 8 after the scribes and Pharisees had brought a woman to Jesus they had caught in adultery, trying to test Jesus, and Jesus said to them, ''He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first,'' as they began to walk away, Jesus said to them, ''I am (I, I am) the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.'' When He said that, He was picking up on that ...
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