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.” So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come. John 8:12-20.
As I follow Jesus, I have the light of life. I am one of the “whoever” that He was talking about. And so are you, if you will follow Him. It doesn’t take a college degree or a certificate of ordination. It takes faith; faith that is put in Jesus and what He did for you as your savior.
It is really sad that men who were so dedicated to God’s Law didn’t know who Jesus was. Not only that, but they were trying to kill him. They did not know it, but their ministry was coming to an end. They were all about keeping the rules, and making sure others kept the rules. Christ came to save those who could not keep them.
“Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:4-6)
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.” John 1:29-34.
John the Baptist, who was actually the slightly older cousin of Jesus, was the first to announce that Jesus would die for our sins. What else could it possibly mean to call Him the lamb of God? Every Jew knew HOW a lamb took away sin. The lamb did not survive the event.
In spite of this open declaration of His upcoming sacrifice, this remains a mystery to the crowds, and to the disciples who would travel and minister with Him for three years. They could not understand because they were so fixated on a Messiah who would bring victory in the natural world. After all, that was where they suffered the indignity of being ruled by gentiles in the land that was supposed to be THEIRS. They needed a Messiah who would rule and reign with force, and who would expel the pagan armies. Offering up their Messiah to the pagans to execute on a cross would be barred from their imaginations.
The great power of the Lamb of God would be in His resurrection. Once He was made alive again, He would be the proof that sin had lost its power. The Messiah would become a life-giving spirit that was available to everyone who believed. Convert your enemy, and he becomes your brother and the kingdom of God expands. Convert enough Romans, and Rome becomes irrelevant. Convert enough voters, and our elections are less consequential. The only real question is, does Jesus rule and reign in YOUR heart?