God Is Light

This poem fits perfectly with our Doodles and Devotions lesson for this week.  As you read the words pray for God to reveal Himself to you in a new and powerful way.

Here is our scripture for this week along with SOAP instructions:

John 8:12 New King James Version (NKJV)

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.

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The One True Light ~

https://poetrybydeborahann.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/the-one-true-light/

Where there is Light CHRISTian poetry by deborah ann

Sometimes it’s impossible,
to keep the lights on inside
when there’s so much darkness
lurking on the outside.

Sometimes the truth,
doesn’t shine so very bright
when there’s so much gloom
that clouds up the sight.

Sometimes in the shadows,
the way seems to disappear
when there’s so much dread
lurking close and near.

But, the One True Light,
is always on ~ inside of us
when there’s so much doubt
in Jesus we can always trust!

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John 1:8-9
King James Version

“He was not that Light,
but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth
every man that cometh into the world.”

Copyright 2014
Deborah Ann Belka

HAVE the Light

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John 8:12 New King James Version (NKJV)

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.

History Behind this Verse

Historians are not one hundred perfect certain who authored the book of John, but they do all note that the book of John reads as an eye witness account of Jesus’ ministry. The author of this book describes himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”.  He writes with one main purpose:  to prove the divinity of Jesus. The word, “believe” appears over 100 times in the book of John. The author wants us to BELIEVE that Jesus IS the Son of God!  Verse 12 of this chapter takes place as Jesus is teaching to a multitude of people.  These people had traveled to Jerusalem for the purpose of celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles.  The Feast of the Tabernacles was a yearly celebration that was (and is) a very important part of Jewish tradition. It was a way to help all Jews to remember their ancestors’ desert wandering and to recall how at the end of the 40 years, God  led His people to the promised land.  It was a time for all Jewish people to gather together and celebrate all the ways God had blessed both them and their ancestors before them. During this feast there were several traditions.  One tradition was for different religious men to stand and teach lessons and sermons to all who had gathered. The teachers who considered themselves the most important would usually try to speak the crowd first. It is interesting to note that Jesus did the opposite.  He waited until close to the end of the event to share His teachings. To me, this is a great demonstration of WHO Jesus is!  This public event would be the first time that several of these people had ever heard Jesus speak. His teachings on this day consisted of “I am” statements. Jesus used this opportunity to introduce himself to all the people gathered at the feast. This was His chance to share His purpose and LOVE with the Jewish people of this time. Jesus knew that some of the people at this celebration were religious, but they weren’t necessarily followers of  “The Truth”.  He knew that some of the people were so concerned with using the 10 commandments to judge others that they would not be ready to hear His offer of LOVE and GRACE.  Jesus understood before He even began to speak that many of the people present were waiting for a strict and punishing messiah to appear. He used these “I Am” statements to paint a clear picture to the Jewish people of who their Messiah actually was and IS!

Throughout the book of John, Jesus declared 7 “I Am” statements:

  1. Bread

“I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger.” John 6:35

  1. Light

 “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12  

     3.  Gate     

 “I am the gate; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9

    4.  Good Shepherd     

 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.” John 10:11

  1. Resurrection and Life

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.” John 11:25

  1. Way, Truth, Life

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” John 14:6

  1. True vine

 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser.” John 15:1

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Key Words:  

Have

Light

of

Life

have: verb
to possess, own, or hold.
Light: Noun

Dictionaries – Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology – Light

Light always involves the removal of darkness in the unfolding of biblical history and theology. The contrast of light and darkness is common to all of the words for “light” in both Old and New Testaments (esp. Heb. or [r/a]; Gk.phos [fw'”]). The literal contrast between metaphysical good and evil, God and evil forces, believers and unbelievers. The Bible entertains no thought that darkness is equal in power to God’s light. God is the absolute Sovereign who rules over the darkness and the powers of evil.

Light Is GoodGod Is Light. If light represents goodness in antithesis to the evil associated with darkness, it is a natural step for the biblical authors to understand God, the ultimate good, as light. Light symbolizes the holy God. Light signifies God’s presence and favor ( Psalm 27:1 ; Isa 9:2 ; 2 Cor 4:6 ) in contrast to God’s judgment ( Amos 5:18 ).

of:  preposition

expressing the relationship between a part and a whole.
“the sleeve of his coat”
Life:  Noun
the existence of an individual human being or animal.

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Connection to Us

Notice this verse does not say we will SHARE the light of life; it says we will HAVE the light of life! This is HUGE to me!!!  I admit it, sometimes I want God all for myself!  I desire to have an INTIMATE relationship with Him!  I  want to know that I am special to God.  I long to know that He sees me among the huge crowd of people here on earth and that He LOVES me, Leslie Eaton!  I CRAVE Him!!  I know it may be bad for me to say this, but sometimes I feel a little bit hurt because I think since so many people worship and serve MY God that I only receive a small portion of His goodness and love.  By reading this verse and reflecting on the fact that it says “have”  not “share”,  I realize that EACH and EVERY one of us can possess ALL of God’s LOVE and GOODNESS for their very own!!! Let that thought sink in throughout your day today!!! By accepting Jesus Christ as your savior,  YOU CAN HAVE GOD’S GOODNESS AND LOVE FOR ALL OF ETERNITY!!!!  WOW!!!  God loves each and every one of us SO much!!!

DON’T WALK IN DARKNESS

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John 8:12 New King James Version (NKJV)

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

History Behind this Verse

Historians are not one hundred perfect certain who authored the book of John, but they do all note that the book of John reads as an eye witness account of Jesus’ ministry. The author of this book describes himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”.  He writes with one main purpose:  to prove the divinity of Jesus. The word, “believe” appears over 100 times in the book of John. The author wants us to BELIEVE that Jesus IS the Son of God!  Verse 12 of this chapter takes place as Jesus is teaching to a multitude of people.  These people had traveled to Jerusalem for the purpose of celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles.  The Feast of the Tabernacles was a yearly celebration that was (and is) a very important part of Jewish tradition. It was a way to help all Jews to remember their ancestors’ desert wandering and to recall how at the end of the 40 years, God  led His people to the promised land.  It was a time for all Jewish people to gather together and celebrate all the ways God had blessed both them and their ancestors before them. During this feast there were several traditions.  One tradition was for different religious men to stand and teach lessons and sermons to all who had gathered. The teachers who considered themselves the most important would usually try to speak the crowd first. It is interesting to note that Jesus did the opposite.  He waited until close to the end of the event to share His teachings. To me, this is a great demonstration of WHO Jesus is!  This public event would be the first time that several of these people had ever heard Jesus speak. His teachings on this day consisted of “I am” statements. Jesus used this opportunity to introduce himself to all the people gathered at the feast. This was His chance to share His purpose and LOVE with the Jewish people of this time. Jesus knew that some of the people at this celebration were religious, but they weren’t necessarily followers of  “The Truth”.  He knew that some of the people were so concerned with using the 10 commandments to judge others that they would not be ready to hear His offer of LOVE and GRACE.  Jesus understood before He even began to speak that many of the people present were waiting for a strict and punishing messiah to appear. He used these “I Am” statements to paint a clear picture to the Jewish people of who their Messiah actually was and IS!

Throughout the book of John, Jesus declared 7 “I Am” statements:

  1. Bread

“I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger.” John 6:35

  1. Light

 “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12  

     3.  Gate     

 “I am the gate; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9

    4.  Good Shepherd     

 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.” John 10:11

  1. Resurrection and Life

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.” John 11:25

  1. Way, Truth, Life

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” John 14:6

  1. True vine

 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser.” John 15:1

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Key Words:  

Walk

In

Darkness

Walk: verb

Dictionaries – Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology – Walk

The verb “walk” in its literal sense of going along or moving about on foot at a moderate pace is found numerous times in the Gospels. However, this same verb is more often used throughout the Old Testament and the epistles of the New Testament in a metaphorical way. In this sense it means to follow a certain course of life or to conduct oneself in a certain way.

In:  Adverb

The adverb” in”  means a situation of being enclosed or surrounded by something.
we were locked in

Darkness: noun

Dictionaries – Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology – Darkness

Darkness” in both the Old Testament and New Testament  brings very strong images with it.  If light symbolizes God, darkness connotes everything that is anti-God: the wicked ( Prov 2:13-14 ; 1 Thess 5:4-7 ), judgment ( Exod 10:21 ; Matt 25:30 ), and death ( Psalm 88:12 ). Salvation brings light to those in darkness ( Isa 9:2 ).

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Connection to us:

This is the first time reading this verse that I really focused on the word, “in

By reading this scripture slowly and reflecting on this key word I was able to gain a deeper understanding.

The word “IN” can be a VERY SCARY THING!!!

Let’s look again at the example sentence given with the definition of the word “in”

“We were locked in”

now, relate that to our spiritual lives:

When we follow “sin”- we begin to become captives- hence the word “in”…

This verse does not say walk “WITH” darkness- it says walk “IN” darkness- the meaning of this REALLY hit home to me this time!!!

By not following Jesus- we are ultimately choosing to walk ENCLOSED in darkness!

It is almost as if the darkness SWALLOWS us and we become a part of it!!!

We are not walking beside it – but “IN” it!  The longer we walk “IN” the darkness the more we LOSE our true identities!

The darkness begins to push us deeper and deeper INSIDE of IT!!!

This is a POWERFUL and SCARY thought to me!!

Let’s encourage one another to INTENTIONALLY follow Jesus each and every day of our lives!  🙂

The Light

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John 8:12 New King James Version (NKJV)

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

History Behind this Verse

Historians are not one hundred perfect certain who authored the book of John, but they do all note that the book of John reads as an eye witness account of Jesus’ ministry. The author of this book describes himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”.  He writes with one main purpose:  to prove the divinity of Jesus. The word, “believe” appears over 100 times in the book of John. The author wants us to BELIEVE that Jesus IS the Son of God!  Verse 12 of this chapter takes place as Jesus is teaching to a multitude of people.  These people had traveled to Jerusalem for the purpose of celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles.  The Feast of the Tabernacles was a yearly celebration that was (and is) a very important part of Jewish tradition. It was a way to help all Jews to remember their ancestors’ desert wandering and to recall how at the end of the 40 years, God  led His people to the promised land.  It was a time for all Jewish people to gather together and celebrate all the ways God had blessed both them and their ancestors before them. During this feast there were several traditions.  One tradition was for different religious men to stand and teach lessons and sermons to all who had gathered. The teachers who considered themselves the most important would usually try to speak the crowd first. It is interesting to note that Jesus did the opposite.  He waited until close to the end of the event to share His teachings. To me, this is a great demonstration of WHO Jesus is!  This public event would be the first time that several of these people had ever heard Jesus speak. His teachings on this day consisted of “I am” statements. Jesus used this opportunity to introduce himself to all the people gathered at the feast. This was His chance to share His purpose and LOVE with the Jewish people of this time. Jesus knew that some of the people at this celebration were religious, but they weren’t necessarily followers of  “The Truth”.  He knew that some of the people were so concerned with using the 10 commandments to judge others that they would not be ready to hear His offer of LOVE and GRACE.  Jesus understood before He even began to speak that many of the people present were waiting for a strict and punishing messiah to appear. He used these “I Am” statements to paint a clear picture to the Jewish people of who their Messiah actually was and IS!

Throughout the book of John, Jesus declared 7 “I Am” statements:

  1. Bread

“I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger.” John 6:35

  1. Light

 “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12  

     3.  Gate     

 “I am the gate; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9

    4.  Good Shepherd     

 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.” John 10:11

  1. Resurrection and Life

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.” John 11:25

  1. Way, Truth, Life

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” John 14:6

  1. True vine

 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser.” John 15:1

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Key Words: The Light

Definition of the-

definite article

(used to mark a proper noun, natural phenomenon, ship, building, time,

point of the compass, branch of endeavor, or field of study as something well-known or unique):

the sun; the Alps; the Queen Elizabeth; the past; the West.

Definition of light (according to life)– noun

Light is something that sustains all life on this planet. All things need energy to grow. We get energy from the food we eat. Plants get energy from light through a process called photosynthesis. This is how light affects the growth of a plant. Without light, a plant would not be able to produce the energy it needs to grow.

Definition of Light (broad term): noun
           1. the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible
           2. understanding of a problem or mystery; enlightenment.
           3. source of energy that enables photosynthesis in plants
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Connection To Us Today
Just as plants need sunlight for their nourishment and growth, we also need “son” light for our nourishment and growth. Plants blocked from sunlight will eventually wither and die. Likewise, our faith, trust and love will eventually wither and die if we are blocked from THE LIGHT! We must intentionally place ourselves in THE LIGHT  in order to grow and thrive spiritually.  To do this we must receive nourishment daily by reading and meditating on The Word and praying to our Heavenly Father.
*Let’s challenge and encourage each other to daily LEAN toward THE LIGHT!

I Am

light

I am the Light

John 8:12New King James Version (NKJV)

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

History Behind this Verse

Historians are not one hundred perfect certain who authored the book of John, but they do all note that the book of John reads as an eye witness account of Jesus’ ministry.  The author of this book describes himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” He writes with one main purpose:  to prove the divinity of Jesus. The word “believe” appears   The over 100 times in this book.author writes this book to help us “believe” that Jesus Christ truly is the son of The Almighty God.  Verse 12 takes place as Jesus is teaching to the multitude of people who traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles.  The Feast of the Tabernacles was a yearly celebration that was (and is) a very important Jewish tradition.  It was a way to help all Jews to remember their ancestors’ desert wandering and to recall how at the end of the 40 years God led them to the promise land.  It was a time for all Jewish people to gather and celebrate all the ways that God had blessed both them and their ancestors. During this feast there were several traditions. One tradition was for different religious men to stand and teach lessons to the crowds that had gathered. The teachers who considered themselves to be the most important would usually try to speak to the crowd first. It is interesting to note that Jesus did the opposite. He waited until close to the end to share his teachings.  To me, this is a great demonstration of WHO Jesus is! This public event would be the first time that several of these people had ever heard Jesus speak.  This was His chance to introduce Himself.  His teachings consisted of “I am” statements.  He used  this opportunity to share His purpose and His LOVE with His people. Jesus knew that some of the people at this celebration were religious, but not necessarily followers of  “The Truth.”  He understood that some of the people in the crowd liked to use the 10 commandments as a way to judge others and that they would not be ready to hear His offer of LOVE and GRACE.  Jesus understood before He even began to speak that many of the people in attendance were waiting for a strict and punishing Messiah to appear. He used these “I AM” statements to paint a clear picture to the Jewish people of who their Messiah actually WAS and IS!!

Throughout the book of John, Jesus declared 7 “I Am” statements:

  1. Bread

“I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger.” John 6:35

  1. Light

 “I am the light of the world; he who fallows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12  

     3.  Gate     

 “I am the gate; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9

    4.  Good Shepherd     

 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for His sheep.” John 10:11

  1. Resurrection and Life

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.” John 11:25

  1. Way, Truth, Life

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” John 14:6

  1. True vine

 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.” John 15:1

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Key Words: I Am

John 8:58.  Jesus said,  “Truly, Truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am”, which means that Jesus existed before His human life on earth.

definition of ‘am“- verb.

  1. (used with I) a form of the present tense (indicative mood) of be1

* Notice it states: PRESENT TENSE….  Jesus has ALWAYS been and will ALWAYS be.  That is a HUGE realization that we should not brush over!

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Connection To Us Today

There is never a time or a place when Jesus is not with us!  He has ALWAYS existed and WILL ALWAYS exist! We can turn to Him anytime day or night for direction, grace, and LOVE!