“I Am the Light of the World”

Wednesday, 01 May 2019

“I am the light of the world.” If we heard someone say this today, we’d immediately think they were joking or certifiably insane. Yet, Jesus says it with full-throated conviction. Such a remarkable claim should evoke awe. But for the surrounding Pharisees it triggers anger, and they accuse Jesus of false testimony. How does Jesus’ claim to be the light of the world strike you? If we’re honest, for many of us it elicits apathy. “Wonder is the only beginning of philosophy,” wrote Plato. The same is true of theology, yet we smuggle ...

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