Song: JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

One song has to be first. The theme of many of my early songs is purely the joy of transformation, and the yearning that people have for a new life. Jesus can change your life, and you can have the life you’ve always wanted. This promise of new life and new birth figure strongly in all those early lyrics.

I used to go to church 7 miles from my home. We lived on the west side of Champaign and I loved to attend the Urbana Assembly of God, literally on the far southeast side of Urbana, Illinois. It was one mile from my house down Mattis to Kirby Ave, and then east down Kirby, under the railroad tracks at Neil Street where Kirby became Florida, and on through the campus of the University of Illinois between the stadium and the Assembly Hall. Turn right at Race Street, and one more mile and the church is on the corner. If I walked to church, someone would typically give me a ride home.

On a beautiful spring morning I was carrying my guitar and playing as I walked. This is somewhat awkward, but it allowed me to combine two things that I loved. The verses to this song just go on and on.

JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
©1972 and 2015 by David Kueker

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They took the son of God … and they put Him on a cross.
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They took the son of God … and they gave Him up for lost.
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He died and rose again … Praise the Lord!
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Jesus is the light
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Jesus is the light
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Jesus is the light of the world! (instrumental break)

The world is full of darkness … And many are the lost
But Jesus came to pay the price … No matter what the cost.
He died and rose again! Praise the Lord!
Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light of the world!

Jesus came to seek the lost, and set the prisoner free
And sometimes that is you, my friend, and sometimes that is me.
He turns darkness into day! Praise the Lord!
Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light of the world!

Amazing Grace how sweet the sound …. that set a prisoner free
I once was lost but now am found… Blind but now I see.
He washed my sins away! Praise the Lord!
Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light of the world!

Twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace the hour I first believed.
He took my fear away! Praise the Lord!
Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light of the world!

Through many dangers toils & snares I have already come
It’s grace that brought me safe so far, and grace will lead me home.
He leads me through the dark! Praise the Lord!
Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light of the world!

The Lord has promised good to me, His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.
He is the source of life! Praise the Lord!
Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light of the world!

When this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease
I shall possess within the veil, a life of joy & peace.
He filled my heart with joy! Praise the Lord!
Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light of the world!

When we’ve been there 10,000 years, bright shining as the sun
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun
Sing out the joy inside! Praise the Lord!
Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light of the world!

In Him was life … and the life was the light of men!
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not win!
He turns the darkness into day! Praise the Lord!
Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light of the world!

The world is full of darkness … And many are the lost
But Jesus came to pay the price … No matter what the cost.
He died and rose again! Praise the Lord!
Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light … Jesus is the light of the world!

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