Essay on I Am: the Light of the World

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I AM:
THE LIGHT
OF THE WORLD

A Paper
Presented to Professor Cara L. Murphy
Liberty University School of Religion
Lynchburg, VA

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for
The Gospel of John
BIBL 323 –B03-LUO

by
Matthew E. Murraine
July 3, 2011
INTRODUCTION
The concept of light has boggled the minds of men for thousands of years. We have tried to bend it, twist it, tube it, generate it, and once more are continually trying to travel as fast as it does. Light, fascinatingly enough travels at approximately 186,000 miles per second; that is roughly 670 million miles per hour! Yet, when we look up at God’s creation in the middle of the night, we do not think of the physics or nuclear mechanics that makes them work. We
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The Pharisees, in an attempt ensnare Jesus, present a woman to Him, accusing her of adultery. “Teacher…This woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say” (John 8:4-5 NLT)?
It is truly amazing that when Christ is on earth, He is continually revealing His life giving light, regardless of the situation. He continually makes known the paths to which men should go. Christ also reveals that in His light He knows all things, even sin. As Jesus bends down and begins to write in the sand, His omniscience becomes apparent. Neither did He condemn the woman to death and break Roman Law or break the Law of Moses which states, “If a man is discovered committing adultery he and the woman must both die” (Deut. 22:22 NLT) Jesus remained a friend of sinners and revealed once more that He is God. Strong arguments regarding the meaning of this particular passage have been made. Many would say that the spiritual root of Jesus’ words imply that there is no one except Him who is without sin. Perhaps the suggestion refers to The Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus exclaims, “27You have heard the commandment that says: You must not commit adultery. 28But I say anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28 NLT). Regardless of the spiritual explanation of the passage,

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