This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our celebration of the resurrection of Jesus through our preaching series, “I AM: Seven Identity Markers of Jesus,” drawn from the Gospel of John. This week I continued the series by exploring Jesus’ statement, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).
You can find the message outline and video below. You can access the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” (John 8:12)
Jesus the light of new creation
The connection between light and creation (John 1:4-5; Genesis 1:3)
The true light giving light, wisdom, and God’s illumination (John 1:9; Psalm 119:105)
Jesus the light of new freedom
The connection between light and the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:2, 10; Exodus 13:21; Leviticus 23:33-43)
The suffering servant as the bringer of the light of life in death’s darkness (John 1:4-5; Isaiah 53:12)
Jesus makes us light like Him
We are changed by Jesus’ light (John 9:6-7; 12:35-36)
We become a reflection of Jesus’ light to others (Matthew 5:14-16)
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize John 8:12
- Draw, ink, or paint either the phrase of Jesus, “I am the light of the world,” or the story that follows about a blind man being healed in John 9. As you do that, let God speak to you about who Jesus is and what Jesus means to you. When you finish, consider sharing your prayer reflections and/or artistry with a friend.
- Watch The Bible Project two-part “Overview of the Gospel of John”
- Read N. T. Wright, Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters