Galilee’s light of the world

marmsky June 2018 (25)

Galilee’s light of the world

Devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2423

John 8:12-18

Joh 8:12 This was why Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”
Joh 8:13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying about yourself. Your testimony is not valid.”
Joh 8:14 Jesus answered, “Even if I am testifying about myself, my testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I’m going. But you don’t know where I come from or where I’m going.
Joh 8:15 You decide based according to the flesh. I am deciding about no one.
Joh 8:16 And if I do decide, my decision is true, because it is not I alone who is deciding, but I and the Father who sent me.
Joh 8:17 And even in your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true.
Joh 8:18 I am the one who is testifying about myself, and the Father who sent me is testifying about me.”

Galilee’s light of the world

I don’t include John 11:53-8:11 in my translation, because I think that story was added to John’s Gospel afterward. One of the reasons (besides the manuscript evidence) is the Pharisee’s reference to Galilee in 7:52. John then explains that this is why (οὖν) Jesus responded with a reference to him being the light of the world. He was reflecting on Isaiah’s prophecy that the Messiah would indeed emerge from Galilee as a light for the nations (Isaiah 9:1-2).

Jesus is not ashamed of having been raised in that foreigner’s outpost region of Galilee. He knew what he was, and that was what mattered. God chose to shine his light first in a very dark place. The fact that the Pharisees could not see that shows that they were not willing to even take the testimony of the father himself.

LORD, thank you for Jesus, the light of the world.


[I am not commenting on the authenticity of the story of the woman caught in adultery , per se. It sounds to me like a legitimate event that could have happened in the life of Jesus. My choice not to include it is based on its not appearing in the early manuscripts, and it seems to break up a conversation that for John would have been best kept together, and not separated by the story.]



About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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