I was reading John 1:1-18 this morning. I have read this passages hundreds of times. I even have it committed to memory. As I prayed for God to open my eyes and allow my heart to receive what His Word was saying, I realized something I had never thought about before.
Read with me:
1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And 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. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. (ESV)
I know Jesus is the Word.
I know Jesus came from heaven and became flesh.
I know Jesus came so that I can be a child of God.
I know that Jesus is the light in this world.
It was the light, that really jumped off the page to me today. As I walk through difficult times, the darkness can creep in.The darkness can manifest its self in many ways:
Lack of Purpose
Loss of enthusiasm
Feelings of betrayal
and many other ways as well.
But, there is One that has dispelled the darkness. John 1 says it so well. The darkness cannot overcome the Word. Jesus. He is the Light. That Light is what gives me life. Life free from from all those things that darkness brings.
The Light dispels the darkness in many ways.
Comfort and truth from the Word.
Bringing people close to you to help point you toward the Light.
Even wisdom to know when you need help from a counselor or doctor to break through the darkness.
Jesus came and brought light.
It is interesting, as I have struggled with some darkness of my own the last little while, as I read this passage and the Word ministered to my heart, just outside my window the sun is rising and dispelling the darkness.
Thank you God for the awesome illustration I can see!
Today I am looking for the Light. When things start becoming dark, I will look to the only One who can totally bring the darkness to non-existence.
Where do you need the Light to shine today? Where is there darkness for you?
Remember, darkness CANNOT OVERCOME THE LIGHT!!!!
Chasing Their Hearts,