We are marking the season of preparing for Christmas this year with a family study of the Names of Jesus that will go through Christmas day. Each day of the study, we will post a Bible reading with a Name of Jesus to direct our focus, ideas for discussion with your family, and an example SOAP from our team (this study is adapted from Karen Caroe’s study). This study also has a fun paper chain to make with your family (Click HERE).
Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Then, read and discuss the verse with your family around the dinner table, in the car, before bed, or another time when you can be in intentional devotion to Jesus. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts on the verse, discussion with your family, or your favorite Christmas traditions. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Light of the World
John 8:12-20 – Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
13 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”
14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”
19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”
“You do not know me or my Father,” Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 He spoke these words while teaching in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.
Discuss sources of light and why we use candles and lights in our Christmas decorations. Demonstrate how Jesus is a light in the darkness by going into a dark closet then turning on a flashlight. What are ways we can shine Jesus’ light on others? Listen to Chris Tomlin’s “Noel” featuring Lauren Daigle and listen for the Light of the World.
Light of the World | Becky Newman
Jesus is speaking to a group of people that includes his disciples and the Pharisees who are challenging his identity. Jesus stresses that it is impossible to know him unless we first believe in God who sent him to be the light in a dark world.
At least in the northern hemisphere, as the days get shorter heading up to Christmas day, the Light of the World is demonstrated in our Christmas lights, lighting up the darkness as we who believe decorate in lights to light the way to baby Jesus, to light the path to follow him. Physical light represents Jesus, but spiritual light is really You. You can use me to shine Your light into the darkness, for Your glory and not my own. There’s a lot still to do in the next couple of weeks and a lot of places You can use me to shine Your light if I’m ready to be used.
Lord Jesus, Light of the World, make me ever-ready to shine Your light in the darkness. May I not get lost in my to-do list but be intentional in the moments You give me to light to way to follow You.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.