by Joe Alain

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Step Into the Light (2 of 4)
Series: I Am
Joe Alain
John 8:12

What do the Fangtooth Fish, Pacific Viper Fish, Vampire Squid, and Giant Tube Worms all have in common? They spend their entire lives at ocean depths that would crush us (some over 2 miles), they live out their entire lives in total darkness. Maybe that's why they don't look very happy! Deep sea creatures are designed to live in these harsh and dark conditions, human beings are not! We need light to live! The darkness is an alien world to us. We were made by "the Light" to live in the light.

Even when we desire to be in the dark, it's so we can better appreciate the light. So we sit in a darkened movie theater to better appreciate the dazzling lights and effects of the film. Or on dark nights we gaze into the night sky and we are able to behold the spectacle of light in the sky. The darkness accents the light, helps us to see it better.

We were made by "the Light" to live in the light. Early on in life many of us exhibited tendencies to be afraid of the dark. I can remember as a child sleeping on a bunk bed afraid of the dark shadows cast by the tree in my window. I was thankful for a night light. Light comforts us. Even today, a well-lit parking lot puts us at ease, while we become a little edgy in dimly lit parking lot.

1. The Claim
"I am the light of the world." In John 8:12, Jesus makes another astounding claim, here he claims to be "the light [not "a" light] of the world." That Jesus made this statement when and where he did again was no coincidence. The time was the Festival of Tabernacles (see Jn. 7:2). This was one of the three great Jewish feasts, the other two being Passover and Pentecost. The Feast of Tabernacles (Hebrew, "Sukkot") is called The Feast of Booths and commemorates the time that Israel lived in booths in the wilderness during their forty years of wandering. The feast occurs in late September to early October and lasts for seven days.

Jesus' brothers had wante ...

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