With Guest Author Zoe
John 1:5(NLT): The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
We’ve come to the epic finale of this series. As always, let’s go phrase by phrase.
So, Jesus shines in the darkness. In our sin we are in complete darkness.
But Jesus is the light that ignites the world. Once we become His children, that light can never be taken from us. The darkness can never, no matter what, extinguish Jesus’ great light.
The Great Commission(Matthew 28: 16-20) tells us to be lights in the world’s darkness, telling the world about His great love we’ve been given.
But we must always remember that Jesus is the whole reason we have this light. Without Him, we remain in total darkness. It’s not our great works, it’s simply His immeasurable grace He lavished upon us at the cross. When we remember His great love, all we can do is carry the torch of His light to this dark world in utter awe before Him.
John 1:4-In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
We’re nearing the end of this mini John 1: 1-5 devotional series, and today and tomorrow we’re going to talk about Jesus’ Light. So let’s jump right in! The first phrase means in Jesus was life.
As for the second phrase that life was the light of all mankind, I’ve thought of the analogy of a plant. Imagine a tulip in the sunlight and how colored, lush, and healthy it would be. Then imagine a silent, cold, bitter planet with absolute darkness. The plant would be withered, pale, and dying. The life(and death) of Christ resulted in giving us His light. I really like how NLT puts it: The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.
Jesus gave his life, and his life brought light to us all.
John 8: 12b reads(with Jesus speaking): “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
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John 1:3 – Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Here we come to our third verse, a bit longer than yesterday’s(come on, that was only seven words). Let’s just think about it clause by clause.
Through him all things were made. This means he is the cause and the source of all things. This reminded me of Colossians 1:16: For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
That includes you and I. We were made through him and for him. He is the source.
Now, without him nothing was made that was made.
This second phrase expounds on the previous. Everything was made through him.
I like how NLT puts this second part: nothing was created excepted through him. So only through him were things created. Way back before you were born, God planned to make you for a purpose. And that purpose is to glorify Him and tell others about His great love we saw yesterday.
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John 1:2: He was with God in the beginning.
Yesterday we discussed John 1:1 which was all about the Word, who we discovered was Jesus Himself.
Today we will take a peek into seven extremely challenging monosyllabic words-He, was, with, God, in, the, beginning.
He existed with God from the beginning of time, and before that. Like, and this is mind-boggling, the Word existed before the dawn of time. In fact, He invented time.
From this, we can absolutely say we know the inventor of time Himself loved us literally to death. Let me say that again.
The author of time loved(and loves) us so far as to death. Fast forward a few chapters, in John 15:13(NLT), it says “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Wow. That’s all I can say. Wow.
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Today marks the beginning of a new series on John. I just want to tackle the first verse right now. So check this out: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
So what does the first phrase mean? And what in Jupiter does John mean by the Word? As we will discover, the Word is Jesus. Okay, so let’s just fill in the blanks: In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.
Just in three phrases we encounter three huge implications: Jesus was with God, Jesus is God, and Jesus was in the beginning! Man, and that’s just the first sentence.
This first sentence in John has a ton of truth to delve into, but before we get into that, why did John call Jesus the Word here?
Well, in John 14: 16, Jesus said, “I am the truth.” So Jesus is like the true Word, the message of God, what God had to say to us. Here is what I’d imagine He might say: This is Jesus, my son, and I want to say I love you so much, I’m sending him to die so that you might live.
Wow. Jesus came so that we might live.
Think about that. Doesn’t that change the way you think about your day, you think about everything?
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