I am the light of the world.@John 8:12

Phi­lip P. Bliss, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Philip P. Bliss (1838–1876)

The Light of the World is Je­sus was writ­ten in the summ­er of 1875, at [Bliss’] home, No. 664 West Mon­roe Street, Chi­ca­go [Il­li­nois]. It came to him all to­ge­ther, words and mu­sic, one morn­ing while pass­ing through the hall to his room, and was at once writ­ten out.

Whittle, p. 137


Once Dr. [Earl S.] Taylor was in Cal­cut­ta dur­ing an eclipse of the sun. For days be­fore that event he saw the ci­ty’s streets crowd­ed with pil­grims on their way to var­i­ous sacr­ed plac­es, where they hoped to wor­ship and bathe in the Hoogh­ly river just be­low the Gan­ges dur­ing the time of the eclipse, ex­pect­ing there­by to ward off evil. When at last the fate­ful hour of dark­ness ar­rived hund­reds of thou­sands of na­tives thronged the sac­red waters, terr­or­ized by the eclipse and mak­ing a great cla­mor be­cause they feared a great power of evil in the form of a snake was about to swallow the sun-god. As Dr. Taylor, looking from the Y. M. C. Building, wit­nessed this ter­ri­ble ev­i­dence of hea­then­ish su­per­st­ition, he heard group of native Chris­tians sing­ing in their meet­ing:

The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin;
The Light of the World is Jesus

How thrill­ing! For In­dia’s spir­it­ual dark­ness is due sole­ly to the eclipse of Je­sus, the Light of the world, made by hea­then­ism in the hearts of her be­night­ed mil­lions.

Price, p. 20

The whole world was lost
In the darkness of sin,
The Light of the world is Jesus!
Like sunshine at noonday,
His glory shone in.
The Light of the world is Jesus!

Refrain

Come to the light, ’tis shining for thee;
Sweetly the light has dawned upon me.
Once I was blind, but now I can see:
The Light of the world is Jesus!

No darkness have we
Who in Jesus abide;
The Light of the world is Jesus!
We walk in the light
When we follow our Guide!
The Light of the world is Jesus!

Refrain

Ye dwellers in darkness
With sin blinded eyes,
The Light of the world is Jesus!
Go, wash, at His bidding,
And light will arise.
The Light of the world is Jesus!

Refrain

No need of the sunlight
In Heaven we’re told;
The Light of the world is Jesus!
The Lamb is the Light
In the city of gold,
The Light of the world is Jesus!

Refrain