I Am: the Light of the World Essay

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I AM:
THE LIGHT
OF THE WORLD

A Paper
Presented to Professor Cara L. Murphy
Liberty University School of Religion
Lynchburg, VA

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for
The Gospel of John
BIBL 323 –B03-LUO

by
Matthew E. Murraine
July 3, 2011
INTRODUCTION
The concept of light has boggled the minds of men for thousands of years. We have tried to bend it, twist it, tube it, generate it, and once more are continually trying to travel as fast as it does. Light, fascinatingly enough travels at approximately 186,000 miles per second; that is roughly 670 million miles per hour! Yet, when we look up at God’s creation in the middle of the night, we do not think of the physics or nuclear mechanics that makes them work. We
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It should not be any wonder then why Jesus stated these words eight times in the gospel of John. Seven times, He would associate them with some sort of imagery and one last time with that of Yahweh in Exodus.
In John 1:3-4, the beloved disciple points us toward four basic facts about Jesus Christ. First, is that He is the very creator of the universe. “3All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3 KJV). Second the creation of man is the pinnacle of His creation. “4In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4 KJV). Lastly, John discloses that it is only through Jesus Christ that man can gain eternal life, and only through Him is there light in the world.
Sadly, man was too blinded by self-gain and legalism to understand that God was in their very presence. The Pharisees by this point have formed a society, (mostly in Jerusalem) that has focused on false redemption as taught only by Satan. Paul Louis Metzger in his reflection about this blindness states that the Jews, “refuse to deal with who he truly is and who they truly are-living under the illusion that they are free through false forms of redemption.” They fail to see that Jesus of Nazareth is actually Jesus the Christ, Savior of the world and in so doing they begin a vengeful plot to slaughter Jesus like the lambs of the Passover. They would begin a three-year quest filled with

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