Here we find Jesus continuing to teach at the temple, using more analogies from the wilderness days commemorated by the ongoing Feast of Tabernacles! Lamps lined the temple area during the feast where people gathered to sing and celebrate, commemorating God guiding them as a cloud by day and lighting the way by night! Jesus, likely drawing attention to the lamps to make the connection says, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Darkness throughout the Bible is a symbol of evil, sin, and ignorance. Light throughout the Bible is a symbol of goodness, righteousness, and God Himself! This is important because it illustrates two types of people in the world, even today (John 3:18-21)! Jesus didn’t say He was “A” light or “Another” light among many, but that He is “THE Light” for the whole world! Those who follow Him, meaning whoever believes and obeys Him, “Will not live in darkness,” but will “Live in the light.” Only when a person truly believes does it lead to a changed life because a believer will not remain in unrepentant sin, pretending everything is ok, nor will they remain under the influence of evil ignorance. A believer has the light of Christ living within that exposes the darkness of ignorance and brings to light a clear conviction as to what must be done in order to combat sin and walk in the light of life! In darkness, the smallest things can trip us up, but in the light we can see and avoid sin!
Jesus explains to the Pharisees, “You belong to this world because you’re from it, but I am not and don’t belong here. I’m going back to Heaven, and if you want to go where I’m going then you must believe me!” A true believer’s permanent address is in Heaven. It’s not a postal code on this earth (Luke 10:20)! But the unsaved belong here. This is their home, and the best they can hope for is to make a little money, live comfortably, experience a little pleasure, and then die (Philippians 3:18-21)! They will die in their sins, never being forgiven because they refused to trust in Jesus. At death, they will still have the empty, unfulfilled feeling of never being satisfied (1 John 2:15-18)! Even if they’ve experienced everything the world has to offer, they will still be devastated at the end and full of regret because they were unwilling to submit themselves to Jesus and receive what the world cannot offer: eternal life (Philippians 3:20-21)!
Lesson4Life: The world can’t give you eternal life, but Jesus Christ can and will if you choose to see the light!