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Jesus: Light of the World

Chester Clark III

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Light – and the source of light, the sun – has been treasured by cultures for centuries. Many civilizations even considered the sun “god” to be the greatest of all. Perhaps that’s because in darkness there is danger, insecurity, and uncertainty. Jesus, the Light of the World, is the One who can shine light into our hearts and guide us on our way.

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Chester Clark III

Pastor, Evangelist, and Educator

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  • November 7, 2015
    11:30 AM
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It was early in the morning. When Jesus went to the temple. And as he began his work of ministry and speaking and sharing with the crowd that gathered to see him there. The sun began to rise on the horizon and with it came the war then. And the hustle and bustle of the town of the city. I suppose it was a few minutes maybe an hour or two before the sun began peeking over the walls of the temple and right shining into the into the space where Jesus was you know the story here in John Chapter eight of that woman that was caught in adultery and the queues or is brought her there and Jesus wrote in the same and with his finger. The dust and the fact the Jesus wrote in the dust tells me there was dust there right. Can you get this picture in your mind's eye as a as a son begins do. To ride over the temple walls and the shafts of light start to stream into the very space where Jesus was. People are milling about he's been ministering and working. And you know what dust does in the sun right. You can just see these bright beings of sunshine streaming into the temple. If you ever been in the desert. You know sort of cold at night and. And when the sun comes up that's an intensity of sun that that maybe you haven't felt before. Here in the Middle East that sun is strong the sun is powerful in fact that Sun is so strong that many people considered it the most important thing that brought life and health and growth and healing and all the rest. There's something about the sun that inspires us. The something about darkness. That we just don't like something about darkness multiplies our worries then and magnifies our fears. Something about darkness gives us reason to question our. Our security it enhances our insecurities. I remember one time I was ten or eleven years old I got out of bed in the middle of the night and. I didn't have a night light. In my room. I remember this very vividly I. I had to go to the bathroom. And so I got up out of my bed and I started walking towards the door and I ran into something. As I felt what I had ran into I I became convinced it was my desk. And in my be fuddled half awake half asleep mind. I thought Who in the world would have put my desk in front of the door. So I still remember and. I don't know if I had a problem asleep walking or what but I still remember. I said That's OK I'll go under my desk. And so I ducked down and started heading through the desk only to run into something solid. That's OK I said I'll go over my desk and sometime about now I realize my orientation in the room was ninety degrees off. When it's dark. You don't know where you're going. When it's dark you don't see the pathway when it's dark you don't know the troubles even that are between you and where you are headed. There's something about darkness. But oh there's something even more important. About the light. There's something very special about the life that God can give us. You see my friends when we think of the darkness. We think of. Perhaps fears and anxieties and things that are uncertain. When we think of the light. We can come to those things that are more positive. There was in the time of Jesus. A great respect for the son. And if someone did I leave a remote there on the bench as well is there any small little. Maybe my. Maybe my technology will cooperate here and I will need it. There's something about the Sun That brings us hope and satisfaction. And in the ancient world when they thought about the sun as they thought this was what brings life. It was a Sunday at made things grow it was a son that brain. Brought warmth. And so they knew and world began to worship the sun. The father of King Tut Pharaoh aka Hinton akin to ten. He was the one who destroyed all of the Gyptian God and made the sun god. The the monotheistic cold. Of Egypt. This was about fourteen hundred thirteen hundred fifty B.C.. And as we look at ancient history we see that. Cultures and civilizations whether it was the Gyptian Zz whether it was the Assyrians of the Phoenicians. Whether it's the Babylonians. All of them had this fascination with the sun why because it was light and light dispelled darkness. When Jesus came. He was speaking in the time of the Romans. And the Romans had their own sun gods. That they worship. The they worship the sun and. And even the the emperors and others who they depicted as gods they depicted a son. Because God and Son in their mind in their thinking were so synonymous. You see these beams. Coming out of Jupiter's head right. Today that the statue of Peter. But it was a. It was a god and so they depicted him as the the son. And Jesus here is standing in as a as he's in this culture in this time frame when the people are for milieu or with how everyone looks at the sun as being the source of life. Jesus' teaching in the temple. Makes this very radical proclamation. The proclamation is that the sun doesn't bring life at least not the sun in the sky. The proclamation is the sun isn't the one that really brings us. Hope and freedom from fears. The proclamation the Jesus makes in the temple on that day is very simple as he says. I am the light of the world. I am the light of the world. The sun may be important but there's something more important and that's Jesus the Son may be imported it may expose the the things that are between us in our destination. But Jesus is the one that could open our minds eyes open our hearts to be able to understand the things that are in our lives. Jesus says in John Chapter eight in verse twelve. I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness. But have the light of life when we think of that sun coming up after weeks of rain we enjoy seeing the sun right. When in the spring time when Joy the warmth of the sun and we see the flowers pushing through the soft earth and we see them blooming and we see everything turning green. And we think oh I'm so glad for the sun but I'm going to ask you questions. Morning. Is the sun. The light of the world. Shining in your life. Today it will dispel fears he will dispel for years. He'll show you where to go. And I think that with Jesus a lot of the world shining in our lives. He will also make us bloom and blossom and grow. I don't know about you but I'm thankful for Jesus. I'm thankful that he is the light of the world. And that we need not walk in darkness. But we may have lived. This media was brought to you by audiotapes. A website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio. And much more. If you would like to know more about audio version. Or you would like to listen to more sermon. Leave visit. W W W dot. Audio person dot org.

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