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What did Jesus mean when He said 'I am the Light of the World'?



      

John 8:12

ESV - 12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
I am the Light of the world" (John 8:12) is the second of seven "I AM" declarations of Jesus, recorded only in John's gospel, that point to His unique divine identity and purpose. In declaring Hims...

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Mini Mike Dumais
Know the Bible is true. That it is accurate on many levels, unforeseeable by the original authors, is further proof of it's authenticity. 

The Bible refers to God as light many times as in 1 John 1:5 " This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light.." and John 12:36 "While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light".. or Job 24:13 “There are those who rebel against the light.." and John 1:7 "He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light,." or Matthew 17:2 "And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light."

Many of these references to light appear have another dimension to them, more than simply metaphorical or spiritual, they appear to indicate actual physical attributes of light to God as well.

We live in a scientific and technological age, it is important for apologists to understand that while the Bible is not a science text book, when it does make references that can be verified by science, archeology and secular historical texts, it is always correct.

2 Peter 3:8 - But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

So, let's test what we know from science about light and plug into the formula: 

1000 years = 1 day / square root of (1-v2 / c2).. V solves to: 299,792,457 m/s or the speed of light.

2 Peter 3:8 and Einstein's formula for Special Theory of Relativity is proof that the Bible is divinely inspired and that God's time is the universal standard of time set by the velocity of light. 

Einstein's scientific work eventually returned him to believe in God.

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Data Doreen Lovell Evangelist and Prayer Intercessor
I am the Light of the world

Light is that which penetrates and dispels darkness. God created light (Gen. 1:3), however; a careful reading of the Scriptures reveals that the physical entity that we call “light” is actually only the second form of light in the universe, since everywhere the Bible declares that God Himself is Light.

Psalms 27:1 says ‘The Lord is my Light”. Psalm 104:2 testified of the Lord who “covered Himself” in light. In John 8:12, Yeshua (Jesus) said, “I am the light of the world”. The sun is the physical light of the world, and Yeshua (Jesus) is the Spiritual light of the world. As the light of the world, Yeshua (Jesus) exposes or brings to light sins and gives sight. In some sense God Himself is the very essence of light. Psalm 110:105 informs us that God’s Word is a light to one’s path----here the emphasis lies upon perception and understanding gained when darkness is dispelled and light revealed.

In John 3:19 it is stated that people love darkness better than light, because their deeds are evil. Such statement show that the character of light is to reveal and to provide understanding and purity, while the opposite of light (darkness) is designed to obscure, to deceive, and to harbor impurity.

In Matt 5:14, Yeshua (Jesus) said “Ye are the light of the world”; yet in John 8:12, He said “I am the Light of the world”. What appears to be a contradiction is not at all. The moon provides light for the earth just as the sun does; yet the actual source of light from both the sun and the moon is the sun---the moon reflects the light of the sun. Similarly, Yeshua (Jesus) is the source of all light; his disciples become the reflectors in a darkened world, transmitting through their lives the true light of Yeshua (Jesus).

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