“I AM the Light of the World” 07/12/2020 – Pastor Sidney

John 8:12, “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.’”

Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Today, Commander is going to give you another Jesus’ proclamation: “I am the light of the world,” In the book of John.

Let’s read the Bible John 8:12, “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.’”

Waah, Jesus is the bread of our lives and He is also the light of the world! The bread is essential to our lives how about the light? Is it essential to our lives, as well?

In God’s 6 days creation of the world – what did God created the first thing? Yeah, Timothy said, “light!” Yes, Let’s read Genesis 1:3-4, “God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.” The first thing God created was light, then light must be very essential. Our life surely needs light, the plants and the animals all need light. How sad it is if your life is in darkness or your eyes cannot see! Jesus said come to Him and believe in Him, we will never be hungry and never be thirsty.  And Jesus also said follow Him, we will not walk in darkness, instead, we will have light for our life. Not just come to Him and believe in Him, we have to do a further step: follow Him in order to receive light for our life, do what He commands us to do and follow His examples and show them to the world.

Boys and girls, for a blind person who never can see, and one day he turned out to see, how do you think about his excitement? Let’s watch a video (play video).   

The blind man who was born blind had never seen light before, only after he met Jesus and Jesus healed him, and his eyes opened and he was so excited “I can see! I can see!” This story is recorded in John chapter 9. The blind man after he could see, he followed Jesus, and his life was lightened. Jesus can make the blind see light, and He also can make the spiritually blind see the spiritual light.

Who are the people walking in darkness?  When Adam and Eve sinned, the sin, which is darkness came to the world.  This world is in the darkness of sin.  Do you know how dangerous walking in the darkness without any light (turn off all lights)? Just in our life if we do not have Jesus, we will just like the blind man before meeting Jesus, we won’t see anything, all just black, and very easily we will go into Satan’s trap and commit sin.  (turn on light) Waah, see the light? How exciting it is when seeing a light in the darkness!  Jesus is just like the flashlight – this world is in the darkness and is full of the traps of Satan and sins, but our Lord Jesus is the light of the world. Yes, Jesus gives light in the darkness, that is why Jesus said, “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  Only we follow Jesus carefully, who gives hope and the guidance to a safe and happy life to the people who follow Him and they will be safe from the trap of Satan and sin.

Remember, as long as we follow Jesus, we will not walk in the darkness.

Now Boys and girls, do you know how to follow Jesus? Well let’s all stand up, follow commander’s action: do the same action as commander do, alright? Raise your right hand. Jump with your left leg. Move two hands on your head, and say, “Jesus I love you!”  Well good job! Just now you were following commander, as you did what commander did.  Likewise, we want to follow Jesus, then do what Jesus did.  Matthew 5:14 says, “You are the light of the world. “  and Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” This is what Jesus commanded His followers that we follow His example to become the light of the world, as Jesus is the light of the world.  Waah, we can be the light, as well, how cool it is to be the light! Our light is our good behaviors and good manners which will reflect the light from Jesus. Just like the moon receive light from the sun and people can see it so beautiful.  When we show people our good deeds, we are reflecting Jesus’ light to others and we give glory to our heavenly Father. No matter wherever we are, at school, at church, at home at play, can you show the fruit of the Holy Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?” If you can show it among your classmates and friends, then they will say, Cindy, Timothy, Jelly, they are so kind and good, I know they are Sunday school students at Home of Christ Church. Waah, you know you are reflecting Jesus’ light to others and you are shining for Jesus!

The key point to have light in our life from Jesus and reflect it to let people see it is to follow Him! Whenever we follow Jesus, He will make us be the light for Him!

Boys and girls let’s review the verse we learned today: John 8:12, “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.’” And also Matthew 5:16,“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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