We’ve all had the experience of meeting someone new and going through the process of learning who they are, what they’re about, their intentions, and wonder if they’re trustworthy. So, what do we do?

We wait for them to reveal more of their personality and character, and, with time, we decide whether to form a relationship with them or not. In the book of John, Jesus eliminates that process and reveals exactly who he is so that we can dismiss the curiosity about his purpose and intentions for us.

“The more time I spend with the light,
the more I become a light.” – Rich Wilkerson Jr.

As Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. continues the collection of talks on the “I Am” statements of Jesus, we are guided to John 8:12 where Jesus paints a vivid picture of who he is so that we may know him and choose to walk in relationship with him; Jesus tells us, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

This “I Am” statement comes on the heels of the Feast of Tabernacles as Jesus stands in the aftermath of the festival and boldly proclaims that he is the only one that can light up our world – a light that burns on even when the festivities end, a light that guides our path, one that forms our purpose and fills the void in our hearts.