I AM: The Light of the World

Dr. Jennifer Blake continues a 7 week series on “I AM” statements made by Jesus.
The 3rd sermon is based on John 8:12-20 (link).

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Dr. Jennifer Blake continues a 7 week series on “I AM” statements made by Jesus. The 3rd sermon is based on John 8:12-20 (link).

Call to Worship
When the darkness surrounds us and we feel alone, let the Word of God illuminate our lives.
When we are lost in grief or sadness seeking a way through the pain, remember that God is always with us showing us the way.
When we doubt our ability to shine in a world dimmed by sin, and the way to God seems so far away, let us worship God and follow and Jesus as he reveals Himself to us as the Light of the World.

Prayer of Confession
We are often afraid of the dark where evil lurks unseen, yet we continue to pursue things contrary to your teaching. We fear that which we can’t see, yet continue to be enticed and distracted by the unknown. We are uncomfortable with the feeling of isolation darkness produces, yet we seek ways far from you, stepping out onto deserted paths and creating distance from you. Help us to seek the Light, to follow the illumination Your Word provides and to invite others into the safety and comfort of the Son.

Assurance of pardon
With the sunrise, we experience glorious light and warmth. With the Son-rise we experience the light of hope, the warmth of mercy and the eternal glow of forgiveness.
Thanks be to God!

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John 8:12-20 (NRSV)

Jesus the Light of the World
12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” 13 Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid; 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 witnesses is valid. 18 I testify on my own behalf, and the Father who sent me testifies on my behalf.” 19 Then they said to him, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 He spoke these words while he was teaching in the treasury of the temple, but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.