The setting for this particular I AM statement is key. The Israelites were in the midst of a huge celebration called the Festival of Tabernacles/Booths. This is the time they set aside to celebrate being led by God in the wilderness. At night, they would light massive lamps or candles in the temple courtyard that would cast a warm glow over the city of Jerusalem to remind them of the God who led them as a pillar of fire by night in the desert. It’s in this setting, where Jesus says I am the light of the world! This claim was nothing short of an unmistakable claim of divinity by Jesus. This claim led to an incredible invitation: “anyone who follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Wow! In a world of darkness, there is light. In a world of chaos and pain, there is hope. His name is Jesus!