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Light of life

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who knows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life" [John 8:12]. It was morning; the sun had just risen above the Mount of Olives, and it's rays fell with dazzling brightness on the marble palaces, and lighted up the gold of the temple walls, when Jesus, pointed to it, and said "I am the light of the world" These words were long afterward reechoed by the apostle John in that sublime passage "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men" [John1:4]. "And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it" [John1:5]. "That was the true light which gives light to every man coming into the world" [John 1:9]. God is light; and in the words, "I am the light of the world" Christ declared His oneness with God
and His relation with the whole human family. It was He who at the beginning had caused the light to shine "For it is the God who commandeth light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. [2Corinthians4:6]. As the sunbeams penetrate to the remotest corners of the earth, so does the light of the Sun of Righteousness shine on every soul. "That was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." Men of giant intellect and wonderful research, whose utterances have opened vast fields of knowledge, have been honored as benefactors of their race. But One stands higher than they. "But as many as recieved Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name; [John1:12]. "No one
has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the heart of the Father, He has declared Him" [John1:18]. When Jesus said, "I am the light of the world" the people could not fail to recognize His claim as the Christ, the Promised One. To the Pharisees and rulers this claim seemed arrogant. That a man like themselves should make such pretensions they could not tolerate. They demanded, "Who art thou?" They were bent upon forcing Him to declare Himself as the Christ. His wiley enemies believed that His appearance and work were so at variance with the expectations of the people that a direct announcement of Himself as the Living God would cause Him to be rejected as an impostor. But Jesus replied, "Even what I have told you from the beginning" He was the embodiment of the truths He taught, "I do nothing on My
own authority" He continued, "But speak thus as the Father taught Me. And He who sent me is with Me." He did not attempt to prove His leadership claim, but showed His unity with God. Among His hearers many were drawn to Him in Faith, and to them He said, "If ye continue in My words, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free" These words offended the Pharisees. "We are Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man; but sayest thou, ye shall be made free?" Jesus looked on these men, slaves of malice, and sadly answered, Verity, Verily, I say unto you, Whoever committeth sin is the servant of sin" In the work of Redeemption there is no compulsion. Man is free to choose whom he will serve. When the soul surrenders to Christ, there is the highest sense
of freedom. The expulsion of sin is the act of the soul itself. When we desire to be set free from sin, and cry out for a power out of and above ourselves, the powers of the soul are imbued with the energy of the Holy Spirit, and they obey the dictates of the will in fulfilling the will of God. The only condition on which the freedom of man is possible is that of becoming one with Christ, sin can only triumph by destroying the liberty of the soul. Subjection to God is restoration to one's self-to the true Glory and dignity of man. The divine law, to which we are brought into subjection, is "the law of liberty" [James2:12]. The Pharisees had declared themselves the children of Abraham. The true children would not try to kill One who was speaking the truth given Him from God. A mere lineal decent from Abraham was
no value. Without possessing the same Spirit and doing the same works, they were not His children
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