Summary: In the book of John 8:58 Jesus shocked His enemies when He said, “Before Abraham was, I AM.” The enemies were so furious at Him that they wanted to stone Him. They knew exactly what He was saying when He said “I Am.” They knew these words referred to the
I Am The Light Of The World; John 8:1-12
In Vs. 58 Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I Am.” With these words He revealed Himself as the eternal Son of God. He always has existed and always will exist. I cannot fully comprehend that because I had a beginning, but in Christ I will not have an ending – because of His grace, His works, His death, Res. and life I have eternal life. But it’s not the same as His because He had no beginning…
The “I AM” statements help us to understand who He is. In this passage Jesus said, “I AM the light of the world.” Before He created the sun, moon, and stars - He was the light; before He created the heavens and the earth - He was the light; before He created the fishes in the sea, the beasts of the field, the birds in the air - He was the light; before He created man and woman - He was the light.
John 1 uses that word “was” Vs. 1-4. That word, “was”, is used in the imperfect tense – we don’t have that in English – we have past – present – future… It also speaks of His eternal existence… Not only was He the light – He was, is, and always will be the LIGHT.
But what does that mean to us? How does that relate to you and me? Consider what light does for us and that will help us understand what it means to us.
I. Light Brings Knowledge of Our Need – Vs.1-9
In this scene there was a woman that had been taken in adultery Vs. 4 “the very act.” There was no doubt about her guilt, she was guilty and they knew it, she knew it, and now Jesus and His disciples knew it. All eyes were focused on this woman, and the scribes and Pharisees spoke words of condemnation to her.
This is not what light is intended to do, light exposes our deeds of darkness, but not to condemn us, but to help us see our need for salvation.
But that was not the Scribes or Pharisees concern, they really didn’t care about the woman anyway, she was just a pawn to trap Jesus. They wanted to trap Him between the Law and Love. They weren’t concerned for the law either; if they were they would have brought the man as well as the woman – “the very act…” This was a trap… Vs. 5…
Jesus had said, He came to fulfill the law, but He also said He was a friend to sinners. The law demanded death, but stoning a person isn’t very friendly… What would Jesus do? (EVENTUALLY HE WOULD DIE FOR HER). But at this time He wrote on the ground… and then said, “He that is without sin, let Him cast the first stone.”
The Bible tells us the 10 Commandments were written in stone; maybe that’s what Jesus was writing in the sand (Both the Law & Light intended to show our need) or maybe their girlfriend’s names… Whatever He wrote I don’t know – but they became aware of their sin and they dropped their rocks and walked away one by one…
In their self-righteousness they were ready to cast stones at this adulterous woman and maybe even Jesus – But once exposed to the Light their deeds of darkness were clear & they left. (Not to condemn - to meet…) If they had only confessed their sin to Jesus, their need would have been met.
“Some people change their ways when they see the light, others only when they feel the heat.”
II. Light Brings Hope to the Hopeless
Again there is no question about the woman’s guilt, she was guilty and everyone knew it. And she stood there hanging her head in shame it was hopeless. The woman’s guilt was clear, the law was clear – The law stated that adulterers are to be stoned to death, “the wages of sin is death.”
But Jesus had written something on the ground and said, “He that is without sin, let Him cast the first stone.” The Scribes and Pharisees dropped their rocks and went home. Jesus said, “Woman were are your accusers…” She lifted up her head, opened her eyes and was amazed that they were gone. There was none there without sin to accuse her but Jesus and He said, Vs.11…
She appeared to be in a hopeless situation, but whenever the Light of the world is present hope is also present. Yes she was guilty, yes the wages of sin is death; but Jesus is the one that paid that debt. Could you imagine the song she must have had in her heart?
“He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay, I needed someone to wash my sins away. And now I sing a brand new song: Amazing grace all day long: Christ Jesus paid the debt that I could never pay.”