John 8:12-30 – “Who are You?” – Water and Light Series, Week 5 Sun. Nov. 13th 2016 – Pastor Stephan Sermon Outline I. Jesus Declares Himself to be the Exclusive Source of Spiritual Light/Truth to Humankind (John 8:12). A. Light in the OT refers to God’s Presence, His salvation and His revelation (Psa. 4:6, 27:1, 119:105). B. The light of the world is Jesus uniquely, who everyone needs, for whom all things were made, and who will one day enlighten the entire world. C. Following Jesus means that we can have assurance of salvation and reflect God’s light to others. II. Jesus is the Light of the World because He is One with the Father (John 8:13-20). III. Jesus is the Light of the World because through the Cross He brings Salvation and Redemption to All who Follow Him (John 8:21-30). Questions for Study and Reflection 1. Recall a time when you were left in the dark in a strange place. What was it? How did you feel? How did you respond when the light came back on? 2. Read John 7:37-38, 8:12-30. What Old Testament Exodus images come to mind when you think of light? For example, read Ex. 14:19-25. Where are the other aspects of light in 1A above found in the Exodus? Read the Psalms quoted in 1A as well. 3. What makes Jesus the light of the world? Consider the points in 1B above. Do you agree? Why or why not? 4. What are the two promises that Jesus makes in John 8:12b (see 1C above)? Elaborate on what Jesus means by “the light of life” by reading John 1:4, specifically asking what is it about that “life” which makes it “the light of men”? 5. Reread vs. 13-20 to discover Jesus’ claims about His relationship with the Father (see II above). 6. What does Jesus mean by what He says in vs. 21-30, and especially vs. 28? 7. Reflect this week on what it means for you personally that Jesus is the light of the world? Is that true for your life? Who do you know today that needs to know this truth? Why not share the light of Jesus and speak with them today?