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I am the Light of the World (Exodus 13:17-22, John 8:12-20, Luke 1:76-79, John 7:37-38, John 1:8-9, John 1:29, John 3:16, Luke 9:23, Matthew 5:16)

Stephen NeillyStephen Neilly, June 21, 2020
Part of the I am series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

- I am the light of the world
- Walking in darkness
- Following the light of life

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Exodus 13:17–22 (Listen)

17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, “Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” 18 But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle. 19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones with you from here.” 20 And they moved on from Succoth and encamped at Etham, on the edge of the wilderness. 21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. 22 The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.

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John 8:12–20 (Listen)

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. 17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

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Luke 1:76–79 (Listen)

76   And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77   to give knowledge of salvation to his people
    in the forgiveness of their sins,
78   because of the tender mercy of our God,
    whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
79   to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

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John 7:37–38 (Listen)

37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

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John 1:8–9 (Listen)

He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

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John 1:29 (Listen)

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

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John 3:16 (Listen)

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

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Luke 9:23 (Listen)

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

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Matthew 5:16 (Listen)

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

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