Read John 8.12-20

                Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.”

                Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.”

                Then they said to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

 

From Rev. Andrew Wade, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Logan

The first night of the Feast of Tabernacles provided the optimum backdrop for Jesus to make his bold claim of divine status. On this night, when four large candelabras would be lit on the temple mount illuminating the whole city of Jerusalem, Jesus asserts, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The Pharisees challenged his authority to make his claim. Jesus supports his words, declaring that the witness of his Father, as well as his own testimony, fulfills the rule of their own law. If they knew Jesus for who he truly was, then they would also know his Father who sent him. Their denial, their refusal on this night of illumination kept them in the darkness.

Jesus’ claim asks each of us for complete trust. Jesus didn’t provide a map, coordinates for a GPS, or even general direction for where he was heading. He asks his followers to trust in the light, no matter what the journey entails, as the ultimate destination is the promised, abundant life that only Jesus can give.

 

Lord Jesus, be the light of our lives.

You call us, not to certainty, but to trust you as you lead us into life with you.

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