In the Bible, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” This quote can be found in the book of John, chapter 8 verse 12.
The background to Jesus’ statement comes from the atmosphere of Jerusalem during two festivals or feasts. During the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot in Autumn and during the Feast of Dedication [what later became Hanukkah] in winter, Jerusalem would be brightly lit up at night. In fact, the other name for the Feast of Dedication is the Feast of Lights. This holiday celebrates when over 2000 years ago when the Jews were able to regain control of Jerusalem and rededicate their Temple. During that week, the Temple lamps continued to stay lit for 8 days even though there was only enough oil to keep the lamps lit for one day. This is why every year in December or late November, this holiday is celebrated with a lot of light especially from Menorahs. From this emphasis on light, Jewish rabbis would apply the phrase “the light of the world” to many positive people and things.
Jesus is specifically applying this phrase to himself. He is letting his disciples know that what when Isaiah the prophet said “I will make you a light to the nations,
so you can bring my deliverance to the remote regions of the earth [Isaiah 49:6]”, he was referring to Jesus would be the one to bring God’s light, healing, guidance and deliverance to all the nations of the world.
As we look at this Christian jigsaw puzzle entitled “I am the Light“, we can definitely see that this is a scene in which potential navigators on the sea would want to have guidance and light so that they can survive the stormy sea. As you and your loved ones assemble this puzzle, it would be a great opportunity to discuss times in which you were thankful for light in the midst of a difficult journey.