Why do Christians call Jesus ‘the light of the world’?

Turn a lamp or a ceiling light on in your room. Ask the children to think about the difference the light made to the room. Ask them to imagine what would have happened had the room been dark before the light was turned on.

Talk briefly about why we have lights in our homes. Respond positively to the children’s answers. Summarise by talking about how comforting and helpful it is when a room is full of light.


Explain that the Bible teaches that Jesus said he is the Light of the world. Ask the children why they think Jesus said that about himself. Listen to the children’s answers. Suggest that if light is both comforting and helpful then Jesus wants us to understand that, like a light, he is comforting and helpful too.