“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world” (John 1:9)
Wow! When I first read this verse, it was as if the Word of God slapped me in the face! In the best way possible, of course! Sister in Christ, if this doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will! As I was sitting on my bed trying to think of a good opener for this article, this verse kept coming to mind. Can I think of an interesting story, an intriguing question, a bold sentence that would just really stand out? Nope…nothing! Other than this WORD, this verse, this Truth from the TRUE WORD. His Word is powerful and ready to transform our hearts! So I simply begin by saying, lets dig into just simply the Scriptures!
We’re going to be reading through John 1:1-18, and we’ll look at the different truths that Scripture reveals to us about His Word and why it is so important that the true light did come in to the world. The gospel of John stresses the deity of Jesus. John, the apostle and author of this book, spent a lot of time with Jesus, and Jesus even entrusted His own mother to him after His death (John 19:26-27). John understood the magnitude of who Jesus is. In the first eighteen verses, John, through the Holy Spirit, reveals…
The Eternal Word
I love how right out of the gate its says, “In the beginning was the Word…” (v. 1). From the very beginning Jesus has been. We as human beings cannot even begin to wrap our minds around this concept because we are created in time, therefore our minds can’t fully understand the fact that God has always been. God has no beginning and no end! Crazy right?! I’ve tried time and time again to fully understand the fact that God has always existed. It’s mind blowing! I literally feel like my head could explode thinking about it! It says in verse 3 That ALL things were made through Him. “In Him was life” (verse 4). If life is in Him, life can only come from Him. This means physical and spiritual life! 1 Peter 1:3 talks about this: “By His great mercy we are born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” He knitted us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13) physically, but also through Him we can be born again spiritually. John serves as a messenger of this good news and also the news that His Word is…
The Saving Word
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world (verse 9). Jesus came born of a virgin and dwelt among us. The eternal Word, the Creator of all things, the giver of life came into the world. He was 100% God and 100% man (Hebrews 2:14-18). We celebrate this very thing during this holiday season! Even though this verse says the light gives light to everyone, everyone did not receive it (verse 10-11). Even though Jesus was their Creator, they didn’t recognize Him. The key is that the saving Word must be accepted. When the Messiah came to earth, He looked like a regular man. The Jews were expecting a King who ruled with great power! Jesus came, not as a King like envisioned in our minds from childhood, but as a carpenter and a servant. His own people who anticipated His arrival didn’t even recognize Him.
Do you know Jesus? I know I do! At 14 years old, I finally came to recognize my sin that separated me from God. Jesus humbled Himself and came to earth in human form so that He could pay the penalty for our sins. I believe in the saving work that He has accomplished for me on the cross, and I accepted this good news! His Word isn’t just the eternal and saving Word, It’s also…
The Living Word
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (verse 14)
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (verse 14). Sin causes us to have a broken relationship with Jesus. Because of Jesus coming, dying, and raising from the dead, we are now able to have a relationship with Him. When I think of a relationship, whether that’s with my husband, my relatives, or my friends, there are two big things a relationship requires: Communication (on both sides) and quality time. I know I have a living and breathing relationship with God because I’m able to communicate with Him at any time, day or night. I know I have a real relationship with Him because He leads me, convicts me, and encourages me through His written Word. We don’t serve a dead God! Jesus rose from the dead on the third day and is ALIVE! It’s through this that we are able to see His glory and have an active relationship with Him. “From His fullness [from Jesus coming in human form] we have all received grace upon grace (verse 16).
Have you ever received Him? Do you recognize Jesus? If yes, do you live a life showing that the Lord has given you grace upon grace through His Son and His Word? His light brings life to those who believe in Him! As you’re driving around this Christmas season and see all the different color lights decorating homes and Christmas trees, be reminded that JESUS’ LIGHT BRINGS LIFE and share that truth with someone else. His Word is ALIVE! His Word has given me life! This Christmas season is the perfect time to share the eternal, saving, and living Word of God to others around you. I’m so thankful for His Word and that we have such great news to share!
“God chose Him as a ransom long before the world began, but He has now revealed Him to you in these last days. Through Christ you have come to trust God and you have placed your faith and hope in God because He raised Christ from the dead and gave Him great glory.” 1 Peter 1:20-21
Heavenly Father, thank You for who You are. Even when everything else changes, You remain the same. Thank You that You sent Your Son to walk amongst people just like us. Help the truths of Your Word to penetrate our hearts and change the way we act and respond to others. Lord, We love You, and we give You praise.