John 8:12 - The Second I AM; Jesus the Light of the World!

John 8:12 (ESV) 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.  


   Twenty-three times in all we find our 
Lord's meaningful "I AM" in the Greek text of this 
Gospel 4:26; 6:20, 35, 41, 48, 51; 8:12, 18, 24, 
28, 58; 10:7, 9, 11, 14; 11:25; 13:19; 14:6; 
15:1, 5; 18:5, 6, 8). In several of these, He 
joins His "I AM" with seven tremendous metaphors 
which are expressive of His saving relationship 
toward the world. 
   "I AM the Bread of life" (6:35, 41, 48, 
   "I AM the Light of the world" (8:12).
   "I AM the Door of the sheep" (10:7, 9).
   "I AM the Good Shepherd" (10:11, 14).
   "I AM the Resurrection and the Life" 
   "I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life" 
   "I AM the true Vine" (15:1, 5). 
[MacArthur Daily Bible 2003] 


   Every evening, moths gather outside the 
window of our downstairs family room. They beat 
against the glass, trying to get to the lamp inside. 
Sometimes after our dog Sarge has gone out, he stalls 
at the door, playing with them, and they manage 
to flitter inside and dash themselves against 
the lightbulb. 
   Remember the bug zappers that were once 
popular? The false light attracted moths and insects, 
electrocuting them when they came close. 
   People can be like moths, going after 
false light. The prophet Isaiah begged the 
Israelites not to do this: "If you are walking in 
darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord 
and rely on your God. But watch out, you who 
live in your own light and warm yourselves by 
your own fires" (50:10-11). He wasn't talking 
about building a campfire. He was talking about 
rejecting God and worshiping idols - something the 
Israelites had been doing off and on for hundreds of 
years, even before they entered the Promised Land. 
Idol literally means "little nothing." An idol is 
not only a graven image; it is anything that 
replaces the living God in our lives. That could be 
status, family, reputation, material possessions, or 
anything else we hold first in our hearts and trust 
to improve our lives. 
   This world is a dark place. We need light 
to guide us, to get us through safely. Our 
problem is when we try to manufacture our own light 
rather than turning to the true light. Like moths, 
we often pursue that false light of "little 
nothings" until we're in danger of ending up in 
flames. We must learn to worship only our true 
Savior and Lord. 
   Christ is the Light of the World - the 
Light that illumines our daily faith walk. When we 
draw close to Him, we won't be burned. We'll be 
equipped to travel in this dark, fallen world, 
carrying that Christ-light inside that will draw 
others. And ultimately, that Light "leads to life." 
It shows us the way to our true home, where we 
will forever be in the presence of Light, Christ 
   Lord Jesus, You are the Light of the 
World. Only through You can we see where we're 
going. Forgive me for turning to lesser things - 
"little nothings" - that will never satisfy and that 
will lead me away from You. I want to walk in 
Your light that leads to life. May Your light 
shine inside me, and may others see it and be 
drawn to You. [Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers] 


Faith: Leap Into the Light
   Faith is believing what God says. Some 
people think faith is like taking a leap in the 
dark, that faith is blind. 
   But the Bible says its the opposite. 
Away from God we are in the dark. Thats when 
we are blind, stumbling around. 
   John Newton was a notorious slave trader 
- but coming to know Jesus changed him 
forever. He spent the rest of his life working to 
free slaves and wrote the hymn Amazing 
      I once was blind, he sang, 
but now I see! 
   When we come home to God it is not a leap 
into darkness. It is a magnificent leap into 
light - the light of Gods love for us! "Jesus 
[said], 'I am the light of the world: he that 
followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall 
have the light of life.'" John 8:12 (KJV) from 
Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally 
   Faith is not blind! It is believing that 
God is who He says He is... It is being sure of 
what we hope for and certain of what we do not 
see (Hebrews 11:1). How are you learning to have 
faith right now? What is God teaching you? 
[Devotionals Daily] 

Reproducing Healthy Choices
   There was a time in my life when I was 
completely wrapped up in myself. My selfish pride 
pushed me toward unhealthy choices - lying and 
manipulating situations, for example - and then 
reproducing them in my life. Soon those unhealthy 
choices became unhealthy habits and my life was 
headed for emptiness and destruction. I tried to 
white-knuckle my way through my hurts, hang-ups, and 
habits, but the same pride that brought me to that 
place, kept me there, even dug me in deeper. 
   My life was miserable until I finally 
surrendered myself to Christ. I learned that while 
unhealthy choices, once initiated, reproduce 
themselves in my life, so do healthy choices. Those 
good choices help me replace old destructive 
patterns with new life-giving patterns. 
   Pride blinded me and held me captive to 
the hurt and dysfunction in my past, but Christ 
opened my eyes, freed me from the past, and gave me 
hope. God repeats his wonderful acts of kindness, 
grace, goodness, comfort, courage, love, 
forgiveness, and so much more until a positive cycle is 
established. Then we begin to reproduce those same good 
acts on behalf of others. The key is to banish 
pride and live in a state of constant surrender to 
   Lord, help me to banish pride whenever it 
shows its ugly head. Instead, may I encourage 
humility and surrender to you. In Jesus' name, Amen. 
[Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John & Johnny 


   I am the light of the world, my followers 
will not walk in darkness, but will have the 
Light of Life. Even though there is much darkness 
in this world, you always have access to Me. So 
you are never in total darkness. The trail 
before you may look obscure, especially as it 
disappears into the future. You would like it to be 
floodlit so you could anticipate what's up ahead. But 
I tell you: I am enough! I am with you, and I 
also go before you - illuminating the way. Your 
assignment is to trust Me and follow the Light I 
provide. No matter how dim it may seem, it is 
sufficient for your journey through today.  
   Someday you will be with Me in heaven, 
and there you will see My Light in all its 
Glory. Darkness will be a thing of the past, and 
you will see everything clearly. There will be 
no more night. You will not need the light of a 
lamp or of the sun, for I will give you Light - 
beyond anything you can imagine! Live close to Me, 
and you will have the Light of Life. (John 8:12; 
Pro. 4:18; Rev. 22:5) [Jesus Today by Sarah 

   I turn your darkness into light, after 
all, I am the Light of the world, and I am both 
with you and within you. Every day, you encounter 
darkness in the world - and in your heart - but 
remember that I have overcome the world. You can 
choose to focus on hurtful, wrong things or to 
focus on Me - the brilliant Overcomer!  
   I am calling you to walk with Me along 
the way of Peace. I know that many things tug at 
your consciousness and you have very real 
responsibilities in your life. However, I am training you to 
turn your thoughts to Me more and more - enjoying 
My Presence in tough times as well as good 
times. You will not be able to do this perfectly, 
but you can make progress bit by bit. As you 
direct your attention to Me, I push back the 
darkness with My invincible Light! This is how you 
walk in the way of Peace. This is how I turn your 
darkness into Light. (2Sa. 22:29; John 8:12; 16:33; 
Luke 1:76, 79) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   In closeness to Me, you are safe. In the 
intimacy of My Presence, you are energized. No matter 
where you are in the world, you know you belong 
when you sense My nearness. Ever since the Fall, 
man has experienced a gaping emptiness that only 
My Presence can fill. I designed you for close 
communication with your Creator. How I enjoyed walking in 
the garden with Adam and Eve before the evil one 
deceived them!  
   When you commune with Me in the garden of 
your heart, both you and I are blessed. This is 
My way of living in the world - through you! 
Together we will push back the darkness, for I am the 
Light of the world. (Psalm 32:7; Genesis 3:8-9; 
John 8:12) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Be willing to follow wherever I lead. 
Follow Me wholeheartedly, with glad anticipation 
quickening your pace. Though you don't know what lies 
ahead, I know; and that is enough! Some of My 
richest blessings are just around the bend: out of 
sight, but nonetheless very real. To receive these 
gifts, you must walk by faith--not by sight. This 
doesn't mean closing your eyes to what is all around 
you. It means subordinating the visible world to 
the invisible Shepherd of your soul.  
   Sometimes I lead you up a high mountain 
with only My hand to support you. The higher you 
climb, the more spectacular the view becomes; also, 
the more keenly you sense your separation from 
the world with all its problems. This frees you 
to experience exuberantly the joyous reality of 
My Presence. Give yourself fully to these 
Glory-moments, awash in dazzling Light. I will eventually 
lead you down the mountain, back into community 
with others. Let My Light continue to shine 
within you as you walk among people again. (2Co. 
5:7; Psa. 96:6; John 8:12; Psa. 36:9) [Jesus 
Calling by Sarah Young] 


John 8:12 - The Second I AM; Jesus the Light 
of the World! 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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