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Light of the World
John 1:1-9

I know that hardly a Christmas goes by that I don’t speak on this scripture and yes I know it’s not the Christmas season but the Lord has been impressing on me to share some thoughts from the gospel of John and there is no better place to start then the beginning.

So if you would be finding the gospel of John chapter one; I want to tell you an interesting story and really a very sad story. Back in World War II, in the north Atlantic, being late at night there was an aircraft carrier that was in danger from enemy submarines. And they sent out five of their finest airplanes with five of their finest pilots to scout out and to see if they could spot the enemy submarines. The captain of that aircraft carrier realized they were in grave danger, and gave this commandment. He said, "Every light on this ship is to be extinguished. There is to be a total black out." Those five pilots that had gone out to try to find those enemy submarines finally came back. And they radioed to the aircraft carrier. They said, "We're coming home. Give us some light to land by." The radio operator said, "I'm sorry. There's a total black out, we cannot give you light." Another of those pilots radioed in and said, "Just give us some light, and we'll land." Again the order came back, "It is a total black out, we cannot give you some light." In desperation, one of the pilots radioed in and said, "Give us just one light to help us find our way home." The radio dispatcher aboard that aircraft carrier with a broken heart said, "I can give you no light," and shut off the switch. Five brave American pilots, five of America's best went down in the blackness to the chilly waters of the North Atlantic and out into eternity. Now I want you to keep that story in mind as we read from the Gospel of John beginning in verse 1.

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. Now listen to this. 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, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was (that is John) 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.

I want to talk about Jesus, the Light of the world. Jesus, the Light of the world; like those pilots, we're in a desperate condition but thank God there is light, Light has come into the world. Light came to the world in Bethlehem. I was thinking this past week of the scriptures that tells that Jesus is the Light of the world. If you would like write them down.

In Isaiah 9:2, Isaiah looking forward to that time when our Lord and Savior would be born in Bethlehem said, "The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined." And that light of course, Isaiah goes on to tell us in verse 6 of that same chapter, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given." That child is the light that Isaiah was prophesying about.

Zacharias who was the father of John the Baptist, anticipated the coming of the Savior into the world. And he said in Luke 1:78, 79, "Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring on high hath visited us." The dayspring from on high, that's another word to describe the Lord Jesus. "To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."

Simeon, that dear old man of God, picked up the baby Jesus to bless the baby Jesus. And here's what Simeon said in Luke 2:28. The bible says, "Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel."

Christmas is about light. Jesus is the Light of the world. We love to sing "Silent Night Holy Night," but "Silent Night Holy Night" is not about the night. It is about the light. And one stanza says, "Silent night, holy night, darkness flies. All is light." It's not about the night. It's about the light. We sing Joy to the World, and a part of that is, "Hail the heaven born prince of peace. Hail the sun of righteousness." And the word sun is spelled s-u-n. "Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings."

Light is come into the world, John tells us in the third chapter of John. Notice with me as we think about Jesus, the Light of the world, five things about him, five things about His wonderful, glorious light.

The first thing I want us to notice is the purity of that light. The Bible says the light was in the world. Jesus was in the world, but He was not of the world. In the natural world there is nothing as pure as sunlight, nothing as pure really as any kind of light. Let me remind you what we learned in school, light can never be defiled. Light can never be corrupted, no matter what it passes through, or no matter what it falls upon, light can never be defiled. It can never be desecrated. It can never be corrupted. You can let light fall on the most corruptible, putrefying, vile, loathsome, disease ridden object or subject, and yet the light is not touched by it at all. It can expose it, but it's not touched by it.

Take water from the purest spring and it might be pure water, but as it bubbles up and begins to flow away, it gets contaminated; but not with light. You can take snow, crystal pure, let it fall from heaven, but before long that snow will be corrupt, but not light. Light can never by defiled and therefore light is a wonderful picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was in this world. Jesus, the Light of the world, He exposed sin, but He was never contaminated by sin. Jesus could touch sinners, but sin never touched Jesus. Think about it. He's absolutely, totally undefiled, and so I love the picture of light when the Bible calls Christ the Light of the world. It reminds me of the sinless, stainless purity of the son of God.

Jesus was the only one who ever lived who could look others in the face and say, "Which of you convinces me of sin." I wouldn't say that to my friends, much less to my enemies. But Jesus was absolutely pure, absolutely sinless. Light is come into the world. He was in the world, but he was not of the world. He was there to expose sin, but he was never contaminated by sin.

So when we think of Jesus as the light of the world, first thing I want us to think about is His incorruptible purity.

Here's the second thing I want us to think about when we think about Jesus as the Light of the world, not only His purity, but His constancy. You see Light is constant. The first two verses here tell us that in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. Now Jesus is God, and being God, He never changes. God cannot change. How could God change? He couldn't get better, and he surely won't get worse. He's God. He's absolutely unchangeable. He says, "I'm the Lord. I change not." And you see light is constant. Light does not change.

Let me give you a verse to jot down, James 1:17, the Bible speaks of Jesus and God the Father as light that's unchanging. And it says, "Every good gift and every perfect gift comes down from above, from the Father of lights, in whom there is no variableness." What does that mean? There's no change.

Now, Einstein came up with the theory of relativity. And it's an incredible thing. Few men other than Einstein and myself understand it, the theory of relativity. E=mc2, that simply means that the energy of any given object equals its mass times the speed of light, squared. Doesn't that make perfect sense?

Now E stands for energy in ergs. M stands for mass in grams. That's why it's called M. And C stands for the velocity of light in centimeters per second. Now what this all means is that a small amount of mass is able to produce a tremendous amount of energy, for example, in nuclear fission.

Einstein said something we need to listen to. He said the reason that he was able to construct and write down the theory of relativity is because there is one thing and one alone in the world that is constant and cannot change. It's the speed of light. One hundred and eighty-six thousand two hundred and eighty-two miles per second, he says that's constant. Everything else is relative. The only thing that is constant in our universe is light. And Jesus, in the spiritual realm is the one constant. He is light, and he does not change.

Now let me illustrate the constancy of light and relativity. If I get in my automobile and I'm driving at 50 miles an hour this way, and you're in your automobile, and you're driving at 50 miles this way, when we pass each other, the relative speed is what? One hundred miles an hour. That's relative speed. I'm going 50. You're going 50. That's the relative speed. Now if I'm going 50, and you pull up along side of me, and you're going 60, then relatively to me you're going 10 miles an hour. That's your relative speed to my speed. Everything is relative.

But now suppose I highjack a light beam, and I'm on a light beam. I've got that thing saddled, so I'm traveling now at a 186,282 miles per second. That's around the world seven times in one second. I am traveling at the speed of light. Now let's suppose you get a light beam, and you're going the opposite direction. You're traveling 186,282 miles a second. You're going this way, and I'm going that way. We pass. We pass at the speed of light. Now is the relative speed double? No. It's constant.

What now becomes relative is not speed but time. The faster we get to the speed of light, the more time slows down. And if we were to achieve the speed of light, time would stand still. Think about it. One day we're going to achieve the speed of light. I mean God is light. Christ is light. One day we're going to be made just like the Lord Jesus. You know right now the Bible says, "He dwells in light that no man can approach unto." But one day when we see him, we'll be like him. We'll be transformed into His perfect image, and for us time will stand still. We'll be in eternity. Time will stand still. We've gone from time to eternity, because we are like the Lord Jesus Christ.

But think about those in hell. For them time slows down. They're in darkness. Through the eons of the ages, endless, timeless, dateless, measureless they're in hell. The Bible says, they have no rest day nor night, those who are away from our Lord. You see. He is constant. The speed of light is constant, and it tells us of the Lord Jesus not only because of purity of that light, but constancy of that light.

Let me give you two verses. Malachi 3:6, "For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." Let me give you another one. Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever." In a world of change isn't it wonderful there's one who will not change, and His name is Jesus. He's the Light of the world.

I heard a preacher say something that just tickled me all over. He said, "You can't make God nervous." I love that. There's no panic in heaven. God does not change; He sees the beginning from the end. We sing "Great is thy faithfulness, oh God my Father. There is no shadow of turning with Thee. Thou changest not. Thy compassions they fail not. Great is thy faithfulness, oh Lord, unto me."

I want us to think about a third thing regarding this light. I want us to think not only about the purity of Jesus Christ, absolutely pure, cannot be defiled. He can touch sin, but sin cannot touch Him. He can expose sin, but sin cannot defile Him. Think of the constancy of this light. He never changes.

The third thing I want us to think about is the victory of that light, the victory of that light. Look, if you will, in verses 3-5. 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.

Now what does that mean? Does it mean the darkness didn't understand the light? That's the way we would translate the darkness comprehended it, or that's what the normal meaning would be. But I looked this up in a number of different translations and here are three that I want to share. The darkness has not overcome it. Here's another. The darkness cannot put it out. Here's another translation. The darkness can never extinguish it. What it's talking about here is the victory of this light. All history... Here's the history of a battle between light and darkness. That's what it's all about. Everything, there's a battle between light and darkness.

Satan, his name is Lucifer. It means light bearer.

But Satan turned against God, and sinned against the light, and now no longer is he the light bearer, Lucifer, the son of the morning. He is now become Satan, the father of the night. And there's a darkness, a dark, devilish, darkness that is at battle with the light.

I want to ask, who must win? As night follows day and day follows night, it is as clear as the light of the noonday sun, darkness has no power against light. Think about it, darkness has absolutely no power against light. It is totally powerless against the light. If you're in a dark room, and you want to get the darkness out, how would you get the darkness out? Could you take a vacuum cleaner and suck it out? Could you take a shovel and shovel it out? Could you take a broom and sweep it out? How would you get the darkness out of that room? Turn on the light. Now, when you turn on the light, where does the darkness go? It flees. It cannot stay. It is totally powerless against the light. The darkness can't put out the light. Light has come into the world. That's the whole thing.

You think of the sun, how bright the sun is, incredibly bright. I'm talking about the sun in the natural world, so powerful. The energy on the sun is indescribable. The sun radiates more energy in one second than man has used in the history of civilization or ever will use. Four million tons of hydrogen are destroyed every second in a nuclear explosion on the sun. Four million tons of nuclear bombs are going off every second on the sun. On the brightest moonlit night, the light of the moon is only one eight hundred thousandth as bright as an ordinary sunshiny day. To look into the face of the sun is to put your eyes out, but that's only a faint illustration of the Son of God and His brightness.

The Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 6:16... It speaks of our Lord. "Who only hath immortality, dwelling in light which no man can approach unto." But that is only an illustration of the glory, the power of our great God. It's the victory of this light.

Every now and then in the natural world we say, "Well, the sun didn't shine today." That's not really so. If you've ever ridden in an airplane, you know better than that. Are you kidding? An overcast, foggy, clammy, cold day and you get on that plane, and it bumps a little bit, and all of a sudden, poof. You know it's dazzling bright. Down beneath are all the clouds. The sun's been shining.

Now listen, you can block out the light, but you can't put it out. I mean, there is victory, and rather than praying so much against the powers of darkness, what we need to be doing is realizing the power of light. What we need to be doing is to release the light of the Lord Jesus Christ and to bear witness of that light. Think of Jesus, the Light of the world. Think of His purity. Think of His constancy. Think of His victory. The darkness can't put out the light.

Now here's a fourth thing I want us to notice about Jesus, the Light of the world. I hope this'll bless you as much as all this has blessed me. We think about His purity. He cannot be defiled. He can expose but He cannot be defiled. He's in the world but not of the world. Think about His constancy. He never changes. Think about His victory. The darkness can never extinguish the light. And then think with me about His vitality. He is the one who gives life.

Now look in verse 4. In him (that is in Jesus) was life; and the life was the light of men. That's the vitality of this light. Light and life are inextricably interwoven. You cannot have life unless you have light. When God wanted to bring light or life to a chaos and make it a cosmos, in Genesis one, He said, "Let there be light." And when the light came, the seas began to swarm with life. And the trees and the seeds began to bud and blossom, and grow.

I can remember back in grade school studying that word, photosynthesis? And what the teacher told us there in that class, I was amazed. She said, "The word photo means light, and synthesis means to put together." She said, "Growing things are put together with light, photosynthesis." Now light causes these plants to produce chlorophyll, and how the whole life chain is built upon the sunlight, if you were to take the sunlight away from this world, our world would become cold, and dark, and dead. It's like a man without Jesus. He's cold, and dark, and dead. When Jesus comes into the world, in Him was life and the life was light of man. Oh, that's the vitality of this life. You want your life put back together. It'll be put back together with light.

There is a divine photosynthesis when the entrance of His word brings light and Jesus is the light. And your cold, dark, dead, clammy world is put back together when the glorious light of the Son of God shines into your heart. Thank God there'll be a sunrise of the soul. Jesus said, "I've come that you might have life, that you might have it abundantly."

There's no life without light. When Adam sinned, what happened in the Garden of Eden? God was living in Adam, but when Adam sinned the Lord went out, and when the Lord went out the life went out, and when the life went out, the light went out. So when the Lord went out, he's depraved, and when the life went out he's dead, he's darkened. When you get saved, the Lord comes back in, turns the light on, the life begins again. Jesus is the light of the world. Jesus turned the light on and gave us a place to land. Just give us one light. Well, God has my friend. He has.

There's one other thing I want us to see, and I'll be finished. I want us to think not only of the vitality of this light, but I want us to think now of the glory of this light, the glory of it. Look, if you will, in verse 14. 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.

Do you know what glory is? That's the out shining of the light of His grace and truth. It's the Shekinah, It's the light of God that's in Jesus

Christ. Oh the glory of this light.

Now we have lights in this building. This is artificial illumination. Thank God for it, but it can never match the purity of sunlight. How much greater is the purity of the light of the Lord Jesus.

There are seven colors that comprise the spectrum of light. All light is made up of color and what do they remind us of? Jesus the light of the world who is Absolutely perfect. God is perfect. And so this light with seven colors, the spectrum, reminds us of the perfection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Put all of those together and the color is pure white, which speaks of the holiness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Now what we need to understand is that color is in light. Objects don't have any color of themselves. The color is in the light. You say, "Well, this lady has on a red coat." No. She has a coat that picks up red out of the light. The color is not in the coat. The color is in the light. The most gorgeous bouquet in the world, if you take away the light, it has no color. There is no color. You don't turn on the light so you can see the color. The color is not there without the light. The color is in the light.

Jesus is the one that makes everything glorious, and then He helps us to see what He's made glorious. He is the glory of God. Christ is the one who gives glory, and joy, and victory. He's the one who makes this world beautiful in His time.

I feel sorry for people who've never seen the light.

They don't know the beauties that I know. I don't know how to say what I'm about to say but If you don't know Jesus, I know something you don't know, and I see things you don't see, and they're wonderful. Now you may be a Christian and not see them cause you're in the twilight zone. I mean, you're walking in carnality. Oh if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another. And the blood of Jesus Christ God's Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Oh the glory of that light. Oh the multifaceted splendors. He is everything in the spectrum put together. And He is the one that makes all things beautiful. The glory of that light, the light of the world is Jesus.

I'm finished, but let me just say, the sad thing is that many neglect or refuse that light. Look again in verses 9 and following. That was the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. You want to be saved? He's there for you. But notice this. He was in the world. 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. Why do some men blot out the light? Why will not some people receive the Lord Jesus Christ?

Turn with me to John three for just a moment. Look in verse 16. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not have, 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.

God doesn't want anyone to go to hell. If you go to hell, you'll have to trample over the bloodstained cross of Jesus to get there. 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. And every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. That's it.

You say, "Pastor, I just don't see it." That's right you don't see it, cause you're blind. But a blind man would be a foolish person to deny the light because he can't see it. And the reason that some can't see is they don't want to see. They can't find God for the same reason a thief can't find a policeman. If you want him, Light is come into the world. Light was born in Bethlehem. His name is Jesus. He's the Light of the world, and right now if you'll open your heart and receive Him as the Lord Jesus Christ, He will pull back the veil of darkness, pin it with a star of hope, and flood your world with the son light. And you will see things and know things that you could never know without him. And he'll never leave you nor forsake you because he changes not. In Jesus’ Name Amen!

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