Jesus declared that He is “the Light the World” in John 8:12. Like the Pillar of Fire in Exodus 13, Jesus appeared before His people, led them to their destination, and protected them from their enemies. In numerous ways, Jesus proved that He was and is the same God the Jews worshipped in Old Testament times.
Christ’s announcement in John 8 prompted a strong response from His listeners. Essentially, they said, “We don’t believe you.” Instead of defending Himself, Jesus pointed them back to the basic character of light – it’s self-authenticating. Light is elemental and it does not need to be defined. It exists and automatically pushes back the darkness that surrounds it. Light reveals things as they truly are.
One of the implications to this “I Am” statement, is that Jesus is the ultimate source of truth. As the “Living Word,” His words and His actions were always consistent with the “Written Word,” the Bible. His declaration in John 8 is true and it rings true for everyone who is willing to listen in faith.
If the Savior and the Scriptures are trustwothy, then we would all do well to pursue a Biblical view of the world. We should seek out God’s anwers to the most important questions in life, like “Where did we come from?” “Who are we?” And “Where is history headed?” The answer to these kind of questions help us to define reality and they drive our everyday decision making.
The question then becomes, “How do I puruse a Biblical view of myself and world around me?” The answer to this question is complex, but it’s not a mystery. You can construct a God-centered view of the world in three ways. First, by reading your Bible with these questions in mind. Instead of reading just to finish your reading plan, ask yourself, “What does this passage say about who God is or what He might want from me?” “What does this passage teach me about myself or my destiny?” This kind of questioning might stretch you, but it will help you interact with some of the basic tenets of a Biblical view of th world.
Secondly, you can test your findings according to your personal experience. If you feel like God made us to engage in supportive relationships based on Genesis 1:26-27, 2:18; Exodus 20:12; John 15:12-13; and Hebrews 10:23-25; then you can observe that principle in action all around you. Do the people that you know benefit from living in commuity, or do they seem to do better living in isolation? There are surely exceptions, but does this principle seem to hold true in the vast majority of circumstances? Is there a plausible explanation for the times that it doesn’t appear to hold true? One of the way that a Biblical worldview is built is by testing it under the normal presures of real life.
Third, you can strengthen your view of the world by interacting with those who have a different perspective. Ideally, this is done with a spirit of curiousity, not as way to pick a fight. Ask those with a more naturalistic view of the world to explain their answers to the questions above. See if you can find the strengths and weaknesses to their point of view. Light is an improvement over darkness because it shows us where our perception differs from reality.
These three steps can help you pursue and build a Biblical view of yourself and the world around you. They rest on the presuppostion that God’s Word is true and trustworthy. Everyone who engages in this kind of activity will be rewared with a sharper view of Jesus Christ as “the Light of the Word.”
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Pastor Jeremy, the Sunday teaching is truly appreciated. With the book of John, you’ve made the text clear so that we see Jesus’ relationship to the Father and his intention to call and lead us personally and corporately. Thanks, Jeremy!
Amen! Excellent. Thank you.