This is an interesting sermon, so I wanted to share while I'm learning.
"Again Jesus spoke to them saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.'" John 8:12.
This doesn't jump out for us - it seems pretty self explanatory. However, one thing I love about our pastor is he delves beyond the surface of what we usually see. This isn't just a saying that tells us Jesus is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path.
John 8:20 says, "These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come."
The comment about being the light of the world should have gotten him arrested.
The Jews at this time were celebrating a feast that remembered the pillar of fire that led the Israelites out of Egypt. And Jesus was saying that he was that light; he was God and that light was back in the world.
Although those Jews realized Jesus was claiming to be God and to have been the light of the world in Moses' te as well as today.
The Old Testament and New Testament are connected, because Jesus is in both sections even though his name is not used in the Old.
"Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus who saved people out of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe." Jude 5
The Israelites had to choose to follow the pillar of fire each day, and we have to choose to follow the light of the world each day as well, "whoever follows me will not walk in darkness."
One conclusion from the pastor connected the Old and New testaments - both which are testaments of Jesus. The pastor said, "Jesus saved God's people from slavery and death in the land of Egypt. On the cross he saved us from slavery to sin and eternal death in hell."