I Am: the Light of the World

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I AM:
THE LIGHT
OF THE WORLD

A Paper
Presented to Professor Cara L. Murphy
Liberty University School of Religion
Lynchburg, VA

In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for
The Gospel of John
BIBL 323 –B03-LUO

by
Matthew E. Murraine
July 3, 2011
INTRODUCTION
The concept of light has boggled the minds of men for thousands of years. We have tried to bend it, twist it, tube it, generate it, and once more are continually trying to travel as fast as it does. Light, fascinatingly enough travels at approximately 186,000 miles per second; that is roughly 670 million miles per hour! Yet, when we look up at God’s creation in the middle of the night, we do not think of the physics or nuclear mechanics that makes them work. We think of the beauty, perhaps our futures, some of us get lost in our imaginations and still others think of alien life. Interestingly, there are more than 286 references to “light” in the Bible, and yet I find it altogether astounding that the blackness that surrounds God’s Word will never consume even the light of the smallest single candle of Christ. Since the beginning of creation, there have been divisions among the light and the dark and God in all of His grace has shown us something about the two. “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:5 KJV). There will never be darkness in the light (Christ) but the millions of candles (Christians) of the world will always break the deceit of darkness (Satan). Jesus exclaimed to the Jews, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in the darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12 NKJV). The Psalmist writes, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” (Psalms 119:105 NLT). I am quite certain if you were to ask, no one would wish to have darkness before his or her feet. No instead, they wish for light. Light guides the world. Moreover, some may say that water is the source of life on our planet, but I say to you that the light is indeed the source of life here on God’s wondrous and indescribable creation. If you take away light, the water on this planet will freeze in sheets miles thick, without a single drop for us to use. In addition to that, there would be no photosynthesis for even the ugliest, prickliest weeds to grow. So if there is not light what do we have? The answer is simple. We have Satan. The Prince of Darkness who wishes to bring us to the very place where, “their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh” (Isaiah 66:24 KJV). So now that we have considered why physical light is essential to our fleshly existence on this planet, let us now turn our attention to why Jesus Christ, the spiritual light is essential for our eternal life in paradise. Light: The Righteousness of Men.

To not place value on the testimony of the Apostle and Gospel writer John would be a grave mistake to those seeking to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. There are many who argue that John is writing a Christology that heavily favors a docetic Savior. That is to say, that Christ’s body was merely an illusion and the crucifixion, the very moment that God sacrificed himself so that we may live eternally in his presence was a hoax. The world-renowned author of scriptural commentaries Leon Morris states this about John and his Gospel, “John is a master at hammering away his point from a number of angles. That Jesus the Word made flesh underlines all he writes. His great themes center on Christ…his functions as light of the world, as life, as truth.” The great detail associated with John’s writings about Jesus’ ministry do not suggest that Christ is an illusion created by God. If indeed this were the case, our whole doctrine would be fraudulent and based on a God who has greatly deceived us. Similarly, it was distorted doctrine and poor rationale that sets the scene for what Jesus’ would have to face in his...
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