The Inside Column 25/6

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke. If you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s almighty grace for you and loving presence as you join us in worship. Please feel free to chat with us afterwards over a coffee and meet some of our people.

We welcome Bishop Richard to preach this morning as we enter week two of the I Am statements of Jesus from the book of John. Today we are looking at the statement I Am the light of the world.

 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”.

Before we get to this statement Jesus’ brothers had said to him he should go to the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles. Jesus says he will not, because his time has not yet come, but later he goes in secret. Every biblical holiday given to the Jewish people has three aspects. Israel was to observe the holiday in the present in order to remember something God had done in the past, while looking forward to some future prophetic purpose hidden within each festival. The three big festivals are the annual festivals of Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles.

During the Feast of Tabernacles, the Jewish people were to gather together in Jerusalem not only to remember God’s provision in the wilderness but also to look forward to that promised Messianic age when all nations will flow to this city to worship the Lord.

The Feast Tabernacles is unique in that the Gentile nations were invited to come up to Jerusalem along with the Jewish people to worship the Lord at this “appointed time”. The Lord told Moses to father all men, women and children, along with the foreigners in their land, so they can learn to fear the Lord (Deuteronomy 31:12).

At the end of John chapter 7 we see the people divided over who this Jesus was.

On hearing his words, some of the people said, ‘Surely this man is the Prophet.’ Others said, ‘He is the Messiah.’ Still others asked, ‘How can the Messiah come from Galilee? Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?’ Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.         - John 7:40 – 44

 

Who is this Jesus? This is the question the Jewish leaders were asking themselves. Jesus responds with “I Am the light of the world”

Yours in Christ

Phil

 

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