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May 18

There’s No More Darkness in “Jesus, the Light of the World”

There's No More Darkness in "Jesus, the Light of the World" 1
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Jesus, being the light of the world, has been made crystal clear in the book of John. It says,

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Is there anything else not clear on that Bible passage? Most probably, there’s none. Saying that ‘Jesus is the light of the world’ must be with conviction. Otherwise, someone would remain wandering in the dark. To help us deepen our understanding of the verse, let’s listen to a song related to it first. The tune itself is entitled Jesus, Light of the World.”

About the Song

“Jesus, the Light of the World” first appeared on The Finest of the Wheat No. 1: Hymns New and Old for Missionary and Revival Meetings, and Sabbath-Schools (#35). This collection was edited by George D. Elderkin though it’s not clear if he composed the music. Carl Daw, author of Glory to God: a Companion, presumes that the song may have originated from an oral tradition of songs. The stanzas were changed but it used similar melodies. Daw identified a total of nine songs with a tune, response, and refrain similar to Elderkin’s song. It includes some parts of Charles Wesley’s hymn “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” combined with a song entitled “Jesus, the Light of the World.” Interestingly, Elderkin’s has copyrighted this song. Probably, that’s his means of protecting his association of Wesley’s words and the “Walk in the Light” refrain.

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