Jesus: The Light of Men

Posted on 10 Dec 2017, Pastor: Tolu Makinde
Title: Jesus: The Light of Men
Text: Gen 1:2-3, John 1:1-9
[Gen 1:1]  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
[Gen 1:2]  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
[Gen 1:3]  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
[Joh 1:1]  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
[Joh 1:2]  The same was in the beginning with God.
[Joh 1:3]  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
[Joh 1:4]  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
[Joh 1:5]  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
[Joh 1:6]  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
[Joh 1:7]  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all menthrough him might believe.
[Joh 1:8]  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
[Joh 1:9]  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
  • Explanation of Gen 1:2-3
  • Explanation of John 1:1-9
  • There was darkness upon the earth – then God said…let there be light
  • There was darkness upon man – then God said – I’ll send men a Light.  That Light is Jesus.
  • For you to understand the importance of light, you must understand darkness.
  • Math 9:27-30
    • [Mat 9:27]  And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.
    • [Mat 9:28]  And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.
    • [Mat 9:29]  Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
    • [Mat 9:30]  And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.
  • Jesus is the Light –
  • Without Jesus, we will remain in absolute darkness and blindness
  • Without Jesus, one will be in the state of the blind leading the blind
  • Without Jesus, one will be on a journey without a destination
  • It is the Light that gives direction to life
  • It is impossible to navigate life without the Light because the Light is the One that gives life
Main Topic
  • The absence of light
  • There is nothing good about being in the dark or being blind
  • Physical blindness is darkness – Math 9:27-30
  • Spiritual blindness is darkness – Rom 1:20-22, Eph 4:17-18
    • [Rom 1:20]  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
    • [Rom 1:21]  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
    • [Rom 1:22]  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
    • [Eph 4:17]  This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
    • [Eph 4:18]  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
  • Being alienated from the life of God is darkness
  • Evil deeds are done in darkness
    • [Joh 3:19]  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
  • [Pro 4:19]  The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
  • Darkness is a terrible state for humanity.  It is a state that the enemy wants to keep the children of God
  • God has given us a better option, if we so choose to accept Him. Jesus Christ, the Light, must be Lord in one’s life.
The Light
  • Jesus is the Light
    • [Joh 1:4]  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
    • [Joh 1:5]  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
  • You are also a light – Math 5:14
    • [Mat 5:14]  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
    • If you can be a carrier of His Spirit
    • If you can abide by His doctrine and His teachings
    • If you can fully obey His voice and His commandments
  • Light exposes the works and devices of the devil
    • [Psa 119:105]  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
    • [Psa 119:130]  The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
  • Jesus is the Word, Jesus is the Light
    • 2 Kings 6:15-17
      • [2Ki 6:15]  And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
      • [2Ki 6:16]  And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
      • [2Ki 6:17]  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
    • Blindness/darkness can work in your favor when used against your enemy – 2 Kings 6:18
      • [2Ki 6:18]  And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.
    • [Pro 4:18]  But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
  • Apostle Paul’s prayer – Eph 1:18
    • [Eph 1:18]  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
  • [Joh 3:19]  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
  • [Joh 3:20]  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
  • [Joh 3:21]  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
  • If one is yet to be in the light, one would remain in utter darkness
  • Jesus is the Light of men.  Allows Jesus to light up your heart by accepting Him as your Lord and Savior
  • Without the Light, we are in darkness
  • God sent His Light in the form of Jesus Christ to bring light into our lives
  • There should be no darkness in you.