May 4, 2014

Series | Someone to Believe In

Passage | John 8:12

Speaker | Dr. Hance Dilbeck

Pastor's Notes:

Intro: God rescued His people from slavery and brought them to the
Promised Land. He led them with a visible sign of His presence. By Day, a pillar of Cloud (dark and brilliant); at Night, that same cloud glowed from its center with Fire ---
It gave them Light.
• Presence
• Protection (crossing Red Sea)
• Direction

T/S – Wouldn’t that be awesome!!
ILL – Fidelity commercial… Green Line!!

For centuries, the people of God, remembered and celebrated
That Pillar of Fire that Lead them to the Promised Land.
• Feast of the Tabernacles; of the Booths.
Live in temporary shelters; Water in morning; Evenings
Light two huge Candelabras --- brilliant… much of city
Historian, “… thread a needle at edge of city”
---Dancing, singing, rejoicing in the LORD’s Light

T/S – When the Light’s were extinguished and the people were
Heading back to their lives --- business as usual --- ` thinking ---
“Wouldn’t that be awesome… Light to Live by!”

Jesus Said, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me
Will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life.

John’s Gospel runs parallel to the Exodus account …
Manna = I am the Bread of Life (6)
Water = If anyone is Thirsty, let him come to Me and drink (7)
Light = I am the Light of the World (8)

John 8: 12 Repeat

If you are not following Jesus, you are stumbling in the Dark.
For Context, Let’s Read John 8: 12 – 34
(Note the I Am’s… divine language… Thou Shalt Not…)

Jesus Said, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me
Will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life.


If you are not following Jesus, you are stumbling in the Dark.

a) Death in the Future (21)
You will die in your sin…. Sins

b) Domination Now (34)


ILL – Darrel Stawberry, Baseball Phenom… Millionaire, Fame
• Life was a wreck…. Addiction.

Sin puts us on a road to Destruction! (helpless)

Vs. 34 – Everyone who sins is a slave to sin!


If you are not following Jesus, you are stumbling in the Dark.

If you follow Jesus, you walk in the Light of Life!
• Presence, Deliverance, Direction

Note: “Follow” and “Walk”… Emphasis on Practical Response
Numbers 9: 15-23 (Listen for Exaggerated Emphasis)

The Light helps only those who walk in it!
A Call to Total Submission; Complete Surrender

An Audacity in the Claim of Jesus Here…

MacLaren, “Jesus was his own great theme; teaching full of Himself”
Language unbecoming of a wise and humble religious
Teacher.”
I Am – “I” is emphatic… I Myself… Me and No Other!
I Am the LORD God of the Exodus… Follow Me.

NOT, I can give you light, teach you light… I AM Light!

Not, I am one of many sources of illumination…
THE Light of the World!

The people asked the essential question in vs. 25…
Who Are You?

If He is anything less that the great I AM, this kind of talk is delusional.

BUT
If He is, the LORD Almighty come to save us – the Great I Am come in flesh to be our redeemer and guide – The Light of the World --- then, by all means –

Follow Him

You will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life.


ILL – Fanny Crosby was blind. She lost her sight at age six through a terrible Malpractice. She followed Jesus as the Light of Life.

All the way my Savior Leads me; what have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who thro’ life has been my guide?

When my spirit, clothed immortal, wings its flight to realms of day,
This my song thro’ endless ages: Jesus led me all the way!


This is my testimony
The Testimony of many here this morning

I want it to be yours… Hymn #62