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SIMPLE ANALOGIES - WATER, BREAD, LIGHT - ILLUMINATED MESSAGES

"I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness." (John 8:12.)

Jesus used simple analogies: To the woman who had come to Jacob's well, He spoke of "living water." (John 4:6-15.) After He provided loaves and fishes to thousands, He proclaimed Himself as "the living bread" sent down from heaven. (John 6.)

In Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote: "And now, apparently while the great golden lamp-stands in the temple were blazing forth their light as part of the festivities of the Feast of the Tabernacles, He took occasion to associate Himself with the Messianic prophecies by announcing, `I am the light of the world.'

"His hearers well knew that their Messiah should stand as a light to all men; that is, they knew that He as the very source of light and truth, would stand forth as a light and an example, a dispenser of truth; they knew that His would be the mission to mark the course and light the way which all men should travel. Messianic prophecies given to their fathers promised that He would be `a light to the Gentiles,' a light piercing the darkness of error and unbelief." (Isa. 49:6; 60:1-3.)