The *Feast of Tabernacles: Jesus says more

The Life of Jesus Christ - Chapter 7 - Jesus visits Jerusalem - Part 5

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John 8

For many people the *feast was the last chance to hear Jesus speak. Some of his words surprised them very much. He also performed one of his greatest *miracles.

John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them. He said, ‘I am here, as the light of the world. People should trust me. It is dangerous to walk in the darkness. But the person who trusts me is safe. He is like someone who travels in the daylight for his whole life.’

 

John 10:9 I am like a door that leads to safety. If anyone trusts me, God will rescue that person from *sin. That person will live in freedom. God will provide everything that such a person needs.

 

John 10:10 I have come to bring life to people. It is the best kind of life.

 

John 10:11 I am like the good shepherd. [That is, a man who looks after sheep. Sometimes Jesus called his *disciples, 'sheep'.] The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. [So, Jesus would die to rescue the people who trust him.]

Jesus used words like pictures to describe himself

Jesus spoke very clearly about his offer. He used words like pictures to describe himself. He said ‘I am here as the light of the world’. He did not mean that he really shone like a light. He wanted to teach us more. Let us look again at these words. A light can guide us and help us to be safe. Jesus can guide us as we live our lives. He can help us to know what is true. We can learn the truth about ourselves. We can learn what God has provided for us. God can provide what we need most. The *apostle Paul said that a man does not naturally understand *spiritual things. He does not know who God is. And a man does not know how God thinks or works. Jesus sends the *Holy Spirit to teach us (1 Corinthians 2: 14). When we trust Jesus, he gives us real life. If this does not happen, we are dead *spiritually. We do not know God, and cannot please him.

A purpose to live for

Jesus then said, ‘It is dangerous to walk in the darkness. But the person who trusts me is safe. He is like someone who travels in the daylight for his whole life.’ Jesus meant that he gives us a purpose to live for. It is a new way to live, that means something. He gives us freedom and power to live this life. He came to rescue us from *sin, and to give us a new way to live. This new way has real meaning. We will understand these words better if we study the story in John 9. This tells us about something that happened at this *feast.

 

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