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5 “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

 

5 As long as I am in the world,

Jesus needed to take advantage of His time on earth as the light of the world. He manifested the Father and Himself as long as He was in the world. Jesus’ stay in the world had a limited period. The Father set the time of the incarnation to a specific timeframe. Jesus had to straightaway handle His quantity of time on earth.

I am the light of the world.

The phrase “I am the light of the world” takes us back to chapter 8. Jesus’ light on the world is His offer of salvation to those who might receive it. Sin makes men blind to God. Christ will enable men to see God and fellowship with Him.

Jesus as the light of the world manifested God’s glory with His light. His healing of the blind man indicated a sign of the messianic age and of Jesus as the Messiah.

PRINCIPLE:

Evil ultimately contributes to the glory of God.

APPLICATION:

There is not always a direct link between a particular malady and personal sin. Job’s so-called counselors offered fallacious reasons for his suffering. God ultimately rebuked them for their counsel (Job 42:7). People today attempt to give counsel about why people suffer that is completely wrong.

Physical malady is a universal effect of the fall of Adam and Eve into sin. Death is the ultimate result of this sin. Every human being experiences the result of the fall. With that said, this does not attribute every cause and effect to suffering. There is a connection between sin and suffering; however, we cannot universalize all connection between suffering and sin. All suffering is under God’s providence and control, and all pain falls within His purpose.

The question is not who has sinned, because every person has sinned (Ro 3:23). Jesus will give eternal light and life to those who accept His forgiveness for our sin.

Theodicy is the defense of God’s goodness and justice (Ge 18:25). The question of pain is a difficult and involved biblical issue. The books of Job and 1 Peter deal extensively with this issue.

The book of Job rejects the simplistic theology that there is always a direct link between sin and suffering. This is especially true in some theories of healing today that include lack of faith or repentance from sin as the reason one is not healed. The idea is that the burden of a person’s sickness is always on the sick person. No doubt, God occasionally disciplines a believer for his sin by physical illness, but this cannot be universalized so that all suffering is related to sin. There is suffering that defies all human explanation in a world where sin is prevalent.

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