Sermon (Brief) Notes
Sermon # 4
Sermon Title: “Jesus, the Light of the World”
*** This is the final sermon of the four part series on “Why does Jesus Matter?” and the Person, Character, and Work of Jesus Christ.
Text: John 8:12
Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017
Speaker: Dr. Joseph
Location: “Jesus Center Community Church” (Port St. Lucie, Florida: 9:00am-10:30am)
Point 1: How does the Bible describe the world?
- In Paul’s letters, both creation humanity are fallen and therefore stand under God’s judgment (1 Cor. 7:31). The word “kosmos” is the Greek equivalent of the English word world; however, in the Hebrew language, the best rendering of for the term word is “heaven and earth.” The Hebrew word olam can be translated as “age.” The cosmos means the universe, the totality of all that exists (Rom. 1:20; Eph. 1:4). In Paul’s theology,
- Kosmos signifies “the dwelling place of man, the scene of history.”
- “The world is the dwelling place of men who have no hope and who are without God” (Eph. 2:12).
- “When mankind is viewed in relationship with God…humanity in comparison to God is seen as fallen, as sunk in sin, and therefore as hostile to God.”— George Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament, 400-402
- As God’s creation (Ps. 8)
- God loves the world ( John 3:16)
- Fallen & Sinful (Rom. 5:12; John 8:34)
- The sphere of darkness
- Under the dominion of this evil one
- Alienated from God and Jesus (John 8:23-24)
- Rebellious toward God
- Lovers of the world cannot love God
- Hates the Light (John 1:10)
- Hates Jesus (John 18:18, 25)
- God’s goal is to redeem the world, reconcile the world through Jesus (2 Cor. 5:19), and to make the world free from sin (John 8:36)
- In Romans 1, Paul provides a list of vices characterizing this present world and those who reject the Gospel, the Light of Christ:
“They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.”-Rom 1:28-32
- In Galatians, Paul argues those who are of the world walk according to the desires of the flesh, and the desires of the flesh are the following:
“17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”—Galatians 5:17-21
Therefore, followers of Jesus are commanded to:
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:17-18
“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” –1 John 1:5-7
b- The concept of Light in the Bible
- From D. A. Carson, “The Israelites were trained to sing, ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation’ (Ps. 27:1). The word of God, the law of God, is a light to guide the path of those who cherish instruction (Ps. 119:105; Pr. 6:23); God’s light is shed abroad in revelation (Ezekiel 1:4, 13, 26-28) and salvation (Hab. 3:3-4). “Light is Yahweh in action, Ps. 44:3” (Carson, Gospel of John, p.338)
- “Isaiah tells us that the servant of the Lord was appointed as a light to the Gentiles, that he might bring God’s salvation to the ends of the earth” (Is. 49:6)
- In the Prologue of John, “Jesus, the Incarnate Word of God is portrayed as the source of Light (1:5).
- Proof: he heals a man who was born blind (9:4-7)
- In the Gospel of John, light is associated with God, life, knowledge, the power and presence of God, and darkness is depicted as their opposites.
- What is the darkness you’re going through at this moment? Jesus can restore you and set you free. He can shine in your darkness, depression, misery, and isolation if you just trust Him.
Point 2: Jesus as the Light of the World means He is the Only Savior and all other saviors are false.
- Jesus as the Savior of the World (John 4:42)
- Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12)
- Jesus Bring Light to the Darkness (John 1:13)
- Jesus is not just the location of light or the one who can point people to light, he is the Light Himself. He is the embodiment of Light.
- Jesus as True light: “whoever follows me will never walk in darkness” (John 1:5, 9; 3:19-21; 12:35, 46)
Point 3: Jesus’ Demands from the world are matters of life and death, salvation or damnation.
- To walk in the Light
- To be born again: John 3:3
- To Repent: Matt 4:17; Luke 5:32; Luke 13:3, 5
- Come to Me: Matt 11:28; John 7:37; John 6:35; John 5:40; John 11:43-44
- Believe in Me: John 14:1; John 14:11; John 12:36
- “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”—John 3:3
- “17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”-Matthew 4:17
- 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”—Luke 5:32
- No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.4—Luke 13:3
- 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”—Luke 13:5
- “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”—John 6:35
- 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”—Mathew 11:28-30
- “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.”—John 7:37
- “Yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. “—John 5:40
Consequences of rejecting the Light
- Those who reject Christ as Light also reject God and life itself (5:24).
- Those who do not believe in the Son of God have already been judged and damned. The Bible makes a distinction between children of light (John 12:36) and children of darkness (Eph. 5:5-6)
- “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”—John 3:36
- “Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.” 1 John 5:10
- Those who refuse the Gospel and Jesus:
- God gave them over (Rom 1:24, 26, 28)