Jesus has proclaimed himself to be the light of the world. This is the second “I am” statement recorded in John’s gospel. Rather than seeing Jesus as the light who would give them life and guide their path to the Father, they reject Jesus’ testimony. This is a defining moment as the leaders are missing out on their great opportunity to no longer have to walk in darkness. They can possess the light of life. They could come to Jesus and receive him as their all-satisfying God, the bread of life, in whom they will find their joy and satisfaction. But they refuse. This is what leads us into John 8:21-30.
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