Again, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
— John 8:12
Jesus made extraordinary claims about Himself. For example, He declared, “I am the light of the world.” What a profound statement to issue forth from the lips of any man. If anyone were to make a statement like that today, we would suppose that either he was the world’s greatest egomaniac or he was completely deranged.
The astounding thing is that we receive such words as these—”I am the light of the world … I am the good shepherd … All that ever came before me were thieves and robbers … I am the resurrection and the life … I am the way, the truth and the life”—from the lips of Christ as if they were commonplace. There is only one of two ways that we can react to this. We must either draw back in revulsion at such claims or else we must fall down on our knees and worship.
When the High Priest heard these claims of Christ, he reacted the first way. He tore his robes and shouted, “Blasphemy!” On the other hand, when the Magi came and saw the Christ child, they bowed down and worshiped Him. So too the disciples worshiped Jesus after His resurrection.