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Jesus Christ is the Light of the World

Display the picture of the Savior and read John 8:12: "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

You may also wish to make a sign that says "I am the light of the world" top help students focus on the theme of the object lesson.

Bring in several sources or pictures of sources of light. Have students identify the purpose of each.

Next, have students identify how Christ functions in a similar capacity.

Here are some examples:

Sun: Is the source of life for all things living on earth. (Christ provides resurrection/life for all men.)

Porch light: Serves as a beacon to help us find home. (Through Christ's atonement, we can live with Heavenly Father again)

Campfire/fireplace: Provides warmth and comfort (When we pray we can feel peace)

Lighthouse: Protects from dangers Flashlight: Defines a safe path. (Perfect example)

Nightlight: Banishes darkness and eliminates fear (Gives knowledge--you can't have fear if you have knowledge)

Match with candles: Light can be shared or given to others

Car headlights: Let us know where we are heading

Lights on the floor in an airplane or movie theater: A guide that can be followed

Have students continue to add to the list and see if they can add to the analogy.

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