When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” 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.” (John 8:10-12)
I AM The Light
Before the creation of the world, the earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. There were no stars, sun, or moon and the frameless ball of the earth was an empty void without light. No creatures could live in such a world. There was nothing good in the expanse of darkness. A power that was greater than darkness came and spoke four words changing the formless void. From the mouth of God came a force so immense and incredible it shook the foundation of the deep. The Creator called for light and immediately the darkness divided into Day and Night. Darkness would never rule over light. The brilliance of light filled the shapeless void and remains to this day in the pattern of light and darkness.
In the city of Jerusalem in the early morning hours, Jesus came teaching the people the message of His Father. Darkness was coming as a group of men brought an unfortunate woman caught in the act of adultery before the people and demanded justice according to the law. They asked Jesus what should be done to the woman but they were only testing the Lord to find some reason to accuse Him. Jesus knew their hearts. He answered not a word but stooped down and began writing on the ground. The men continue to barrage Jesus with demands for the adjudication of the adulterous woman but He ignored them. Finally, the Lord stood up and asked which one among them was without sin and if they were willing to cast the first stone in accordance with the law. Jesus stooped down again and began writing in the dust. Convicted by their conscience, they went out one by one from the oldest to the youngest until no one was left but Jesus and the woman. Raising Himself from the ground, Jesus asked the woman where her accusers were. They had all left. The Lord tells the woman that He will not condemn her and for her to go home and change her life.
Sin is the darkness of the world. It festers in the formless hearts of men void of goodness, righteousness, and truth. The scribes and the Pharisees were agents of darkness seeking to trap the Son of God in a moment of legal wrangling so they may have cause to accuse Him. Their failure was because darkness cannot and will never overtake the light. Jesus tells the people after the woman leaves that He is the light of the world. As in creation, the earth was formless and void in darkness. Sin is the darkness of the heart that cannot sustain life. The woman had been caught in the act of adultery but where was the man who was with her and for what purpose did the religious leaders seek to have her condemned? It was the darkness of sin. Jesus turned the tables on the scribes and Pharisees who brought a woman overtaken in sin but were convicted by Jesus of the hypocrisy of their own sin.
Jesus explained He was the light of the world to bring the glory of God to people like the woman caught in adultery. The Lord did not condone what she had done and would not approve of her actions. What He shared with this poor woman was the light of God’s grace to see in her heart a soul worthy of salvation. Her accusers had greater sin than her in their hatred of Jesus and unashamed hypocrisy. They became convicted by their own sins. Jesus is the light of the world because He came to dispel the darkness of sin no matter how dark the void. A small light flickering in the darkness can be seen for long distances because the light is more powerful than darkness. Sin is a terrible void but the light of God’s grace will always (without exception) rule over sin. Jesus wants men to follow Him to have the light of God. Wherever Jesus is, there is light. Without Christ, there is only darkness.
The I AM of Jesus is found in the image of light in a world filled with the darkness of sin. Darkness cannot create light. The wisdom of man cannot save himself because the sin of darkness rules his heart. Only by the grace of God and His mercy can the light of Jesus Christ come into the formless heart filled with the void of sin and say, “Let there be light.” Following the word of Jesus to go and sin no more will bring the eternal light of God’s love in the darkened world of sinners. Then the light will fill the corners of the mind to know the joy of redemption. Jesus is the light who came from the Father to give all men what they were created to be: people of the day. When a man puts on Jesus Christ, he casts off the works of darkness and wears the armor of light. Jesus is the light. You are the light of Jesus.