The Light of the World
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 (Spoke 21, Cycle 2)
The divine integration of the Gospel of John with the Book of Ecclesiastes is
largely based on the concept
of Light of the World which integrates with the fundamental Shin
KeyWord שמש (Shemesh, Sun). This is discussed in the article
Under The Sun.
This page is designed to list some of the more significant
"light" verses from John's Gospel. I begin with the opening hymn of John 1.1-14:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not
any thing made that was made. 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,
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.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own,
and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of
God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 1.1-14 (Spoke 21, Cycle 2)
Jesus then explains the reason why some people are not right with God:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world
to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him
is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed
in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation,
that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,
because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the
light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest,
that they are wrought in God.
John 3:16ff (Spoke 21, Cycle 2)
Later in John 9, Jesus heals the blind man, and delcares again that he is the Light of the World.
Note that Jesus relates himself to the Sun, connecting the Light of the World to the Day versus
the darkness of Night:
And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2And his disciples asked him,
Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither
hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
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
(which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
And again in John 11 when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead he showed us how his light is the light
everlasting life that overcomes death! Glory to God! Note also that he identitifies the light with
the sun like day. This ingtegrates with the distribution of the word sun which is maximized on
Spoke 21 of the Wheel, as discussed in the related article Under The Sun.
Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in
he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a
man walk in the night, he
stumbleth, because there is no light in him. These things said he: and after that he saith
unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said
his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they
thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly,
Lazarus is dead.
Finally, in his last reference to himself as the light of the world, Jesus integrates that theme with
the theme of the Father who sent him:
Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not
abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came
not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words,
hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should
say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever
I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.