“I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, 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

Readings

Jeremiah 31:31-40 · John 8:12-31 · Psalm 36

Sermon

The sight of the eye is regarded as the noblest of the senses. All our knowledge comes to us by means of the senses, and sight is the avenue through which knowledge is most easily and quickly attained, and through it also comes our delight in the beauty of nature and the faces of our friends.

There are two kinds of sight, an outer and an inner sight. Our light comes from the sun. Even at night the moon merely reflects the sun’s light. A little light comes from the stars which are huge suns many thousands of times further away from us than our own sun.

But the sun gives us no spiritual light. Animals see. Some have far keener vision than men, yet they cannot rise to a knowledge of God nor even to the enjoyment of the beauties of nature. They do not have that inner sight without which all nature is dark as to everything which is above itself.

The Lord says, “I am the light of the world.” The Lord is the Word, and came into the world as the Word made flesh. Take away from the human mind all that has ever been learned from the contents of the Bible – through its own pages or through the incorporation of its thoughts in literature and art – and the natural mind would be as dark and dreary as if the sun had been destroyed. Even our natural sight is dependent upon the mind or soul. When we speak of a person as shortsighted, we are not usually understood to refer to the sight of the body but to the lack of the power of calculation or provision for the future which is spoken of as “foresight.”

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