Following the light of the world and pillar of fire into a dark uncertainty (Growing Deeper with John 8:12-30)

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

That’s an inspiring word on the lips of Jesus. I quote it on Christmas Eve when we light the Christ candle and then pass out the flame to the congregation while singing Silent Night.

But what does it mean to be the “light of the world” practically speaking. It’s a nice idea, but what theological force does it have, and what practical difference does it make in our decisions and lives?

The Pulse Podcast is about living abundantly wholeheartedly. It includes different kinds of content: Interviews, featured topics, or biblical studies. This episode is the later–an in-depth look at John 8:12-30.

I take us through the text, especially focusing on the context of the Feast of Tabernacles (which is where Jesus was when he said these famous words), and how that backdrop influences how we understand his meaning. I also discuss the similarity between the uncertainty, darkness and danger that the Hebrews experienced then, and how that connects to the uncertainty, darkness and danger that we experience now.

The light might not always take you were you want to go; but it will take you where you need to go.


The sermon connected to this same section is text is called “Follow the Light” and can be accessed here.

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