Sermons

Introduction. 

This series focuses on the “I AM” statements Jesus made, recorded in the Gospel of John. Even by itself, the phrase “I AM” was incendiary. That was the name of God revealed to Moses (Exodus 3). When Jesus referred to himself this way, people tried to kill him for blaspheming (John 8:58-59). Seven other times, Jesus attached a descriptor to this phrase. Each of those descriptions reveals something significant about his identity and character. If you want to know who Jesus is, learn the I AMs. If you want to become more like Jesus, live the I AMs.

 

Audio Version 

SERIES TITLE: I AM

PART TWO: The Light of the World

TEXT:  John 8:12-20

INTRODUCTION.

This series focuses on the “I AM” statements Jesus made, recorded in the Gospel of John. Even by itself, the phrase “I AM” was incendiary. That was the name of God revealed to Moses (Exodus 3). When Jesus referred to himself this way, people tried to kill him for blaspheming (John 8:58-59). Seven other times, Jesus attached a descriptor to this phrase. Each of those descriptions reveals something significant about his identity and character. If you want to know who Jesus is, learn the I AMs. If you want to become more like Jesus, live the I AMs.

DISCUSSION.

Tell about a time you were caught in the dark and used a unique light source.

EXAMINATION. 

[Note that 7:53 through 8:11 are not included in the earliest manuscripts. That means the scene has not changed from chapter 7. Review where Jesus is and what he has said, particularly in 7:37.]

V.12 What would Jesus saying he was “the light of the world” mean to those present?

What would it mean to follow Jesus?

What is the “darkness” Jesus refers to?

Vv.13-14 Is the objection of the Pharisees valid? Why or why not?

How would you interpret Jesus answer?

Vv.15-19 When Jesus says “I judge no one” and “my judgment is true” is this a contradiction? What does he mean?

What other reason does Jesus give for the validity of his testimony?

V.20 What is significant about John’s comment and what are the implications?

APPLICATION.

  • What kind of “light” do people look for in our world today, and where do they go to find it?
  • What light does Jesus offer?
  • How have you experienced Jesus as the “light of life”?
  • What does it mean to have been rescued from darkness (Col. 1:13), and yet still not live as children of light (Eph. 5:8)?
  • Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
  • React: What did you feel?
  • Act: What are you going to do?

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