Light Of The World Verse | My Personal Bible Study

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The Light of the World verse appears in the bible at John 8:12, John 9:5, and Matthew 5:14.

light of the world verse
Caption: A little oil lamp

The Light of the World verse appears first in John 8:12

12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 8:12

This verse shares the same chapter as the story of the woman caught in adultery.

The Pharisees tried to put Jesus on the spot by throwing a woman they caught in adultery in front of Him, and challenge Him to condemn her or condone her. They thought they had the perfect dilemma to test Him.

Jesus did neither. After He defeated the Pharisees, He declared, “I am the light of the world“.

The Pharisees who professed to be followers of the Law did not have the light. They could not recognize that Jesus is the one who wrote the Law. John 8:6 recounted, “But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

The Temple ground is made of stone. Does it not resemble God writing the Ten Commandments on stone tablets? If the Pharisees are truly followers of God, they will have the light of life. They won’t be blind to the truth of Jesus’ identity.

The Light of the World verse appears a second time in John 9:5

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

John 9:4-7

He said this right before He healed the blind man and give him back his sight, allowing light to enter the man’s eyes again. He is the light of the world, He is the answer to the needs of the world then. It is not just spiritual sight He bring. It is physical sight as well.

The light of the world verse appears a third time in Matthew 5:14. But this time, Jesus said that we are the light of the world.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-15

It is not we WILL become the light of the world, it is You ARE the light of the world.

Jesus uses two examples to explain what he meant by “light of the world“.

  1. city on a hill
  2. lamp in the house

What is the difference between the light of the “city on a hill” and the “lamp in the house“?

The light of the city draws attention to the city itself. It is not to give light to its surroundings.

The light of the lamp is more functional. It is used to illuminate the surroundings. In most cases, the lamp is not even noticed by the people in the house. It does not draw attention to itself.

The sequence is significant too. Like the city on a hill, we draw others to ourselves with our lights. Then, like a lamp in a house, we illuminate for others.

Our blessed lives and good works are to be like lights pointing men to God the Father. Good works are not used as qualifications to enter into God’s Kingdom.

There are two worship songs that refer to the Light of the World.

Light of the World by Lauren Daigle

The world waits for a miracle
The heart longs for a little bit of hope
Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel

A child prays for peace on Earth
And she's calling out from a sea of hurt
Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel

And can you hear the angels singing

Glory to the light of the world
Glory, the light of the world is here

The drought breaks with the tears of a mother
A baby's cry is the sound of love
Come down, come down, Emmanuel

He is the song for the suffering
He is Messiah, the Prince of Peace has come
He has come, Emmanuel

Glory to the light of the world
Glory to the light of the world
Glory to the light of the world
Glory to the light of the world
For all who wait
For all who hunger
For all who've prayed
For all who…

Here I Am To Worship by Tim Hughes

Story behind the song.

Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes, let me see

Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You

Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You're my God

You're altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

King of all days
Oh so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above

Humbly You came to the earth You created
All for love's sake became poor

Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You're my God
You're altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

Well, I'll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
Well, I'll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
Well, I'll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
Well, I'll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross