John 8:12-18 NLT
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” The Pharisees replied, “You are making those claims about yourself! Such testimony is not valid.” Jesus told them, “These claims are valid even though I make them about myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don’t know this about me. You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone. And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me. Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact. I am one witness, and my Father who sent me is the other.”
Reflection . . .
Jesus is the light of the world! Jesus makes this claim during the backdrop of the Feast of Taberancles “a festival during which great candles lit up the courtyards of Jerusalem every night.”1 His statement pointed not only to his fulfilment of the One to come, but the Servant of the Lord who comes as a light to all nations. It is at this point that their initial reaction is presented. Israel was to be God’s people, a light to all nations, a testimony of God’s rescuing power. Instead, we all know what happened . . . they became like other nations, they forgot about God and pursued the gods and idols of those pagan nations! Jesus’ radical claim to be the One to initiate the Kingdom of God and something completely different than they were thinking brings a reaction from everyone, including the religious leaders.