The One Jesus Loves, Part 18: The Light Of The World

Series: The One Jesus Loves

May 26, 2019
Landon Henry

In todays sermon, Pastor Landon Henry discusses our need for light in dark places.

Episode Notes


The Gospel of John



The Light of the World

John 8:12-30


·             Light brings life.

·             Light brings safety.

·             Light brings health.


(John 8:12 ESV) Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”


1.       To follow the light is to follow the Lord.

(John 8:12 ESV) Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”


2.       Believing in Jesus is the starting line. Follow Him to the finish line.


3.       Jesus is the light for the globe, not just a group.


4.       This world is filled with moral and spiritual darkness.


5.       Walking in the light is overt, walking in darkness is covert.


(1 John 1:7 ESV) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.



(John 8:13-20 ESV) So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.


·             Religion is darkness.

·             Religion judges rather than welcomes Jesus to judge.

·             Religion seeks to use God’s Word for control rather than relationship.

·             Religion does not understand God’s will or timing.

·             People will try to place an identity on you, you cannot let it get in you.


(John 8:21-24 ESV) So he said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.” 22 So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23 He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”


Question: Do you believe in Jesus?


(John 8:25-30 ESV) So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning. 26 I have much to say about you and much to judge, but he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.” 27 They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said to them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me. 29 And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.” 30 As he was saying these things, many believed in him.


(Revelation 22:5 ESV) And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

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