Monday, March 10, 2014

The Light Shines in the Darkness...


 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
 He was with God in the beginning. 
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 
 In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
{John 1:1-5}


As I was reading my bible this morning I started the book of John and was struck by these words. 
How absolutely beautiful. Not only the semantics of the passage, but the way it's written- such wonderful imagery. 
In HIM was life. And that life is our light. 
Causing our lives to be a light in the darkness of this world(not us, but His light in us). 
And Darkness has not overcome it. 

What does light do? It shows us the way, it illuminates dark places, it allows us to see and function. Without light we would be hopeless, lost, and yes- dead. (Shall I say dead in our trespasses and sins?) More literally without light and warmth we would all die; the earth would just freeze over into nothingness. A big chunk of death. 
That is what we do without Christ, who is our life. We freeze over until we are nothing. And even the searching and yearning for something greater is gone. Satan steals from us everything, all light, hope, beauty and meaning, and leaves us wallowing in our sins without a future.
But God has given us His son so we can avoid all that! He has given His word, which is the beacon of hope, giving meaning to our otherwise meaningless lives. 
All the darkness of this world cannot overcome the light that is within just one of us.
 The light of Christ in us. 
With these 5 simple verses John laid the foundation of our faith, and also showed us the end of the story. It is Christ in us that we should rely on, Christ in us who is our life. And it is He who will win the battle. 

Good overcomes evil. 
Light defies the darkness, and swallows it up. 
Christ has had victory over death
And by Him we are saved. 


Do you allow His light shine out through you in the darkness of this world? 

1 comment:

  1. You know, this verse is classically mistranslated . For one thing, "Word" comes from logos in the Greek, and it does not mean Jesus. No where in the Old testament was Jesus ever mentioned, so not shocking that the word isn't even hinting to him. If it was, the Jews would believe in him. It would be closer to accurate of the original I believe to say that "the idea became reality (or flesh) in the beginning, with the creation of man." Yes it did. As for the rest, it is all based off of Jesus, and some other presumptions. I wouldn't be surprised if the light vs. dark was originally in reference to color of skin in the beginning, but that's a whole 'nother ball of wax. I know it's cool to read into the Bible what we feel for the day, just as a vague song speaks to us specifically, but if you are to do justice to the Bible, you have to read each book as it was understood at the time and in the original language. Something even the New testament writers didn't always do.

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