The I Am Teachings Of Jesus
Learning From Jesus – Lesson 3
Scripture To Consider:
“Then Jesus spoke to them again [those in the temple including religious leaders], saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He [or she] who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’”
“The Pharisees therefore said to Jesus, ‘You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.’”
“Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. And yet if I judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me.’” John 8.12-16
Something To Consider:
Light in that day and age was thought of as good while darkness portrayed evil. John, the apostle scribe, began the book of John with these enlightening words in John chapter 1 and verse 1. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” We cannot go back any further than in the beginning! And according to the Word of God, the Word of God was and is God.
And in verse 3, John reports, “All things [all things created in the beginning] were made by Him [by the spoken Word of God]; and without Him [without the Word of God] nothing was made that was made.” In other words, The Word of God, of whom we know to be Jesus, was actually according to the Word of God, the creator of all things!
John continued his in the beginning introduction of God, the Word of God, and yet God Himself, by declaring in verse 4-5; “In Him [God the Word] was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light [the light of the Word of God] shined in the darkness [or evil of this world]; and the darkness [or earthly evil] could not comprehend [or did not understand the light of Jesus].”
Something Else To Consider:
The apostle John further stated, “There was a man [a forerunner] sent from God, whose name was John. The same [John the Baptist] came as a witness [of Jesus], to bear witness of the light [the light of the Word of God], that all men [women and young people] through Him [Jesus, the Word of God, the I am gentle and lowly, the I am the bread of life, the I am the light of the world] that all through Him [Jesus] might believe.”
God’s will and God’s desire is that all men, all women, and all young people of every generation might believe in Jesus, as the Word of God, and as God come to the earth in the flesh as a human being to reveal the Father and His desire for all to believe! And yet, all of course do not or have not believed in Jesus! But God has sufficiently left the world all the written and preserved evidence of the light of the Word of God that is required for all people of every generation since, to believe in Jesus.
John proceeded to proclaim in John 1.9, “That [Jesus] was [and remains] the true light, which lights every man [woman and young person] that comes into the world [in every generation, including this 21st and possible last generation].” Therefore, have we honestly believed; present tense believed in Jesus? Will we be found present tense believing in Jesus while enduring to the end of this age or to the end of our lives? Let us not be too quick to answer that all important question!
Something More To Consider:
Do we believe the I am teaching of Jesus, when He acknowledged; “I am the light of the world”? Are we truly following Him into and through the straight and narrow and sometimes constricting gate of Himself as the light of the world? Let us be very careful how we answer this all revealing question.
In other words, are we taking up our cross while following Jesus? How is that emblem of suffering and shame working out for us? Are we seeking first God’s kingdom or building a sand foundation earthly kingdom that will crumble and crash in time? Are we daily desiring to live godly lives, knowing that our earthly reward is persecution, affliction, and tribulation in this life?
Or are we leisurely and blindly walking in the darkness of the evil of this earth? Or are we believing the written witness of Jesus, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, as well as the apostle Paul, Peter, and many other biblical scribes who have boldly proclaimed the truth of the Word of God? Our believing or not believing will not change the biblical fact that Jesus is the true light of the world!
A Few Final Words:
Jesus declared in our Scripture to consider, in response to the religious leader’s false accusation; “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going”. This is a most powerful statement made by Jesus. He knew beyond a shadow of doubt that He had been the Word of God in the beginning with God the Father and that He would remain the Word of God forever.
Jesus also knew where He had come from and where it was that He was going, and by what means His exit from this earthly life would encompass. He knew at the end of His short and sacrificial life, that He would be returning to the right hand of the throne of God. And it is there where He has been interceding unto the Father on our behalf.
Do we know where we are from and where we are going? It is important that we know for sure! A firm knowledge of these answers is extremely helpful in our either being at peace or living in chaos during these perilous end times in which we live!
Therefore, where are we going? Are we committed to enduring to the end of our lives and or enduring to the end of this age? Jesus endured the suffering and the shame of an excruciating death upon a cross. But He also looked forward to the joy that a few in every generation would experience while entering into that straight and narrow gate of the truth of the Word of God, in and through the light of the world Jesus, who was and is the Word of God come in the flesh, and yet God!
What is it that we are looking forward to? Is it a false and unbiblical pre-tribulation rapture theory created to increase the financial coffers of the so-called church of the last 150 years or so? Or are we looking unto Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our truly biblical faith inspired by the Holy Spirit and not the manipulative methods of men and Satan?
Our Father in heaven, holy is Your name! Holy is Jesus, the light and truth of the world and who is the Word of God. Teach us to present tense believe the truth, and to discern the many false doctrines of men and demons being proclaimed within the so-called church of our day and age. Let us be found rather looking unto Jesus. In Him Always, Amen!