Summary: 3 of 4. Jesus invited His audience to accept Him as the Light that everyone/all should follow. Jesus is the Light that all should follow. But Why? 4 longings worthy of being followed...A Longing to be followed, fulfills the need for...
LONGINGS TO BE FOLLOWED-III—John 8:12
There are many things we long for...
Things that may or may not be Christ honoring, such as...
Personal recognition, Power over others, Overly expensive vehicle(s), Expansive house(s) & lands, Personal comfort, Statement clothing, Fine clothing, Prejudicial relationships, ...
When the brilliant undiminished light of Christ shines upon your longings, what is actually revealed about them...about your own heart?
Jesus invited His audience to accept Him as the Light that everyone/all should follow.
Jesus is the Light that all should follow.
What should we follow?
Why should we follow Jesus?
4 Longings worthy of following...
We have found that A Longing to follow, is one that fulfills the need for...
1. REPETITION Of TRUTH(:12a)Repetition/Reiteration/Re-Emphasis
2. EXPOSURE To TRUTH(:12b)“I am the light of the world”
3—A longing to be followed fulfills the need for...
An APPROPRIATE WALK/Path(:12c)
Explanation:(:12c)Godly Lifestyle/Walk with God
8:12—“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.””
“Just as Israel followed the pillar of fire in the wilderness(Ex. 40:36-38), so Jesus called men to follow Him(Jn. 1:43; 10:4, 27; 12:26; 21:19, 22; Matt. 4:19; 8:22; 9:9; 10:38; 16:24; 19:21).”—MNTC
Jesus now fleshes out His “light” statement...
Jesus invites any & everyone(“He who”) who will choose to—to take it upon themselves—to “follow” Him. Christians can only lead others to Jesus. Only Jesus can save them.
Personal effort—trust/faith—must be initially made & consecutively maintained on the part of anyone “following” Jesus. Such personal choice & effort is borne out in Jn. 1:12-13. Those who “follow,” can only follow by faith in the Christ of the Bible, the Cross, Resurrection, & Ascension, Eternity.
*Jn. 1:12-13—“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
*Jn. 8:23-24—“And He said to them[Pharisees], “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
If you do not believe that He is “the Light of the World,”...“The Light” for you,...Then you too will die in your sins, & spend eternity in hell!
*Lk. 9:23-24—“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, & take up his cross daily, & follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.”
Acts 18:27-28—“... when he[Apollos] arrived[in Achaia], he greatly helped those who had believed through grace; for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.”