Why is Jesus the Light of the World?

The first element that God spoke into existence was light in Genesis 1:3. Light is essential to our lives – it starts our day and gives us a fresh glimpse of the morning. We exist each day because of God’s Son, Jesus who IS the Light of the World. 

Light is pure and good. It’s shown through the Bible as a sign of holiness, kindness, wisdom, grace, hope, and God’s revelation. Darkness, in contrast, is a symbol of sin, wickedness, and destruction.

Why is Jesus called the Light of the World?

Jesus clearly states in John 8:12 that He is the light of the world. Those who are followers, or Christians, will not walk in the darkness, but have light in life. In Isaiah 9:2, 700 years before Jesus’ birth, the prophet Isaiah predicted that people will no longer walk in darkness but will see a great light. 

Before you were a Christian, were you weighed down by sin and guilt? Did sinful pleasures make you happy just for a moment and then draw you back into a deep, downward spiral of darkness? Jesus is the only way to happiness and a clear picture of purpose in life. 

What does the Bible say about being the light of the world?

There are many passages of scripture referring to the light of the world. While we established that Jesus IS the light of the world, His followers are also bright lights shining all around the earth. Matthew 5:14 states that Christians are the light of the world and cannot be hidden. In John 12:35, Jesus also said we have the light and must continue to walk with it or darkness will overcome us.

How to Be the Light of the World

In addition, Luke 1:79 shares another truth: if you see someone sitting in darkness, give them a light too which guides our way to peace. Giving those who need light can be done in my ways. Here are some tips on how to spread the brightness of Jesus:

  • Share the Good News
  • Start a Bible Study
  • Start a Social Media Group
  • Hand out tracts 
  • Wear Christian apparel
  • Present Christian Gifts (ie Bible, Bible bookmarks etc)

In other words, YOU are the Light of the World too as a follower. If you are not a Christian, find out how you can be one with our Romans Road to Salvation

For more ideas, you’ll find many tips on how to spread the gospel here. 

John 12:35 – Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.

Luke 1:79 – To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

In what ways is Jesus a light to us?

What does ‘Jesus in the Light of the World’ mean? Since Jesus is the Word of God in the flesh, the light is reflected in the Bible. This is how we continuously see the path that is in front of us. We will continue to be drawn to darkness by our carnality, but scripture spreads an illumination quickly if we are a student of God’s word. We can also experience God’s light through prayer and meditation by seeking Him on a daily basis. 

What does being the light of the world mean?

Did you know the speed of light is constant? It never changes. And, the same is true for Jesus. Hebrews reminds us in 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” His light shines on the right path, always. 

Jesus is the Light of the World Bible Verse

This Bible Verse about light encapsulates everything about Christ’s role on earth. John reveals the true Light of the World as he records Jesus saying He is the Light of the World and His followers will also have the light of life. 

John 8:12 – 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.

Jesus is the Light of the World  KJV

Here are a ton of scriptures revealing Jesus’s mission as our leader and light of the world. If you are struggling with making sense of why you’re spiritually dark and depressed, the truth shall set you free. And, the truth is in God’s Holy Word. 

 Psalms 104:2 – Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

 Isaiah 9:2 – The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

Isaiah 10:17 – And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;

 Isaiah 42:5-7 – Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

 Isaiah 49:6 – he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

 John 1:4-9 – In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

John 8:12 – 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 9:5 – As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

 John 12:35,46 -Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

 Acts 13:46-47 -Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

 Acts 26:22-23 – Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

Isaiah 60:19-20 –  The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

 Revelation 21:23-25 – And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

 Revelation 22:16 – I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

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