The Life and Teachings
of Jesus
A Restatement of the Gospels

75. “I Am the Light of the World”

        12Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.”
        13The Pharisees then said to him, “You are bearing witness to yourself; your testimony is not true.”
        14Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness to myself, my testimony is true, for I know whence I came and whither I go. You know not whence I come or whither I go. 15You judge according to the flesh. I judge no man. 16Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone that judge, but I and he who sent me. 17In your law it is written that the testimony of two men is true— 18I bear witness to myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness to me.”
        19They said to him, “Where is your Father?”
        Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father; if you knew me, you would know my Father also.”
        20These words he spoke as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him.
        21Again he said to them, “I go away, and you will seek me [and not find me], for where I am going you cannot come. 23You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24You shall die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.a 26I have much to tell you. But he who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him. 28When the Son of Man is lifted up, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself but speak thus as the Father taught me. 29And he who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.”
        30As he spoke thus, many believed.
        (Jn. 8:12–21, 23–24, 26, 28–30)

a   “I am he."—“I am the light of the world.” (Jn. 8:12)

Jn. 8:12  me shall not (KJV) / me will not (RSV) • but shall have (KJV) / but will have (RSV)
Jn. 8:14  I came and (KJV) / I have come and (RSV) • I go. (KJV) / I am going. (RSV) • You know not whence / But you do not know whence (RSV) • I go. (KJV) / I am going. (RSV)
Jn. 8:15  no man. (KJV) / no one. (RSV)
Jn. 8:19  him, “Where / him therefore, “Where (RSV)
Jn. 8:20  spoke as / spoke in the treasury, as (RSV) • him. / him because his hour had not yet come. (RSV)
Jn. 8:21  me [and not find me], for where / me and die in your sin; where (RSV)
Jn. 8:23  You / He said to them you (RSV) • from beneath; (KJV) / from below; (RSV)
Jn. 8:24  You / I told you that you (RSV) • You shall die (KJV) / you would die (RSV)
Jn. 8:26  to tell you. / to say about you (RSV) • you. / you and much to judge. (RSV)
Jn. 8:28  When / So Jesus said, “When (RSV) • When the Son of Man is lifted up, then / “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then (RSV) • nothing of myself but / nothing on my own authority but (RSV)
Jn. 8:30  believed. / believed in him. (RSV)   (162:5/1794–5)