Jesus is the Light of the World
Light is used often to refer metaphorically to God and His presence or revelation. God is the ''light,' ' "Everlasting Light," "the light of the nations," " the one who lights our paths'' and "illumines the darkness ° (Psalm 27:1,. Isaiah 42:6-, 60:19, 20,- 2 Samuel 22:29).
Jesus made a strong statement that He was the light, not one who merely pointed the way to the light. He said, "I am (Ego eimi) the light of the world., he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life" (John 8:12). Referring to Himself, Jesus also said, "And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light (John 3:19). He said, "While I am in the world, I am the light of the world (John 9:5). The apostle John spoke of Jesus as the "light of men," the "true light," and the one who "enlightens every man" (John 1:4,9). Just as God is eternal light, so is Jesus (Isaiah 60:19, 20; Revelation 21:23; 22:5). Written by Josh McDowell A Public Defense of his Deity Chapter 2 http://www.greatcom.org/resources/jesus_and_his_diety/chap02/default.htm
2 Samuel 22:29 (NASB)
"For You are my lamp, O LORD;
And the LORD illumines my darkness.
Psalm 27:1 (NASB) The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
Micah 7:8 (NASB) Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness, the LORD is a light for me.
Isaiah 60:20 (NASB) "Your
sun will no longer set, Nor will your
moon wane;For you will have the LORD for an everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning will be over.
John 1:4-9 (NASB) In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
John 3:19 (NASB) "This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light,
John 8:12 (NASB) (Jesus Is the Light of the World ) Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."
John 9:5 (NASB) "While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world."
1 John 1:5 (NASB)
[ God Is Light ] This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
Revelation 21:22-25 (NASB) saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light,
Revelation 22:5 (NASB)
And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.