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The Light of the World - Part 3 (4 of 11)
Series: I Am
Ernest L. Easley
Before this day is up, lets take one more look to the second of the seven I AM statements of Jesus recorded by John in chapter 8, verse 12 where we hear Jesus say, ''I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.''
Jesus, being the light of the world guides and guards those who ''follow'' Him. This word translated ''follow'' (akolouthon) is a Present Tense verb which could be translated, ''He who follows and keeps on following Me, shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.''
To ''follow'' Jesus means ''to accompany Him, to go along with Him, to go after.''
Are you going along with Jesus these days?
Are you standing where He stands?
Are you going after Him and continually pursuing Him?
''He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.'' Now we have considered:
(1) The Who.
Who does God guide and guard? HIS PEOPLE! Those He came for! Those He died for! Those He arose for! Those who have received Him, honor Him, seek to please Him, seek to share Him.
Through Christ, we are HIS PEOPLE! And just as He guided HIS PEOPLE through the wilderness, God still guides HIS PEOPLE.
Psalm 100.3, ''Know that the LORD, He is our God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; WE ARE HIS PEOPLE and the sheep of His pasture.''
Psalm 48.14, ''.. He will be our guide even to death.''
Isaiah 48.17, ''Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who LEADS YOU BY THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO.''
(2) The HOW.
So how does God lead us by the way we should go? How does God guide and guard us in the decisions we make each day?
-He guides us through His Word.
What those pillars were to the children of Israel in the wilderness His word is now to us. Psalm 119.105, ''Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to ...
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