Who Christ Is: I AM the Light of the World

Contributor: Tim Seevers. Lesson ID: 10097

Have you ever walked around in total darkness? Was it easy to get around? That's what it's like when one walks in spiritual darkness. Sit with the apostle John and see Jesus as the Light of the World!



learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Watch Raymond Crowe's What a Wonderful World Shadow Puppet show below and note all the different figures he's able to make during the song:

Isn't it amazing what can be done with light?

  • What did you find fascinating about Raymond Crowe's ability?

  • If Crowe did not have a light source and a dark room to perform his talent, how would that change the way we perceive, or view, his ability?

  • Based upon this video, what assumptions can you make about the way light and dark interact?

As Scripture shows (John 1:5), darkness is not only the absence of light, but it also cannot overcome light. When you light a match in a darkened room, the light is not contained; it spreads and wins.

  • In John 1:5, who is the writer speaking about when he says, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it"?

Bottom Line: Because Christ is the Son of God, he sheds light on how God wants us to live.

Read John 8:12-30

Answer the following questions while reading to better understand the text:

  • Which statement did Jesus make that the Pharisees strongly disagreed with?

  • What promise did Jesus give to those who follow him?

  • Was Jesus claiming to be the light for everyone or the light for just a certain group of people? What phrases support your answer?

  • Why were the Pharisees’ judgments about Jesus not valid?

  • What facts did Jesus give to show that his claims were valid?

  • Of whom were the Pharisees ignorant?

  • What did Jesus tell the Pharisees about their origin, where they are going, and how they can go where he is going?

  • What did Jesus indicate about his origin and where he is going?

  • How did the people listening respond to Jesus’ words?

After completing these questions, you can check your answers with Who Christ Is: I AM the Light of the World Answers from Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

When you are done, continue on to the Got It? section to dig a little deeper into the passage.

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