2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
The whole universe that exists was created by Jesus – He is the Creator of all things. Here we also learn that Jesus is both life and light – two of John’s favourite themes in his Gospel. Jesus is the Life, and if you want to experience His abundant life, you need to abide in Jesus. When John says that Jesus the light shines in the darkness, he says that the darkness does not comprehend it, or overcome it (as the ESV translates it). As Jesus shines into the world, the darkness cannot overpower Him. Light is more powerful than darkness. If you walk into a dark room and turn on a light, the light doesn’t struggle to remove the darkness from the room. When you flip that light switch, there is light, and the darkness flees. John’s three main recurring themes in His Gospel and letters are life, light and love.
As Christians, God has called us to be light in our dark world, just like Jesus. As we’re living in these last days, the darkness in the world is getting darker, and evil is becoming more and more dominant. The darkness in the world represents the spiritual forces of evil. Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for evil to prosper is that enough good men do nothing.” As the church of Jesus Christ, we need to arise and shine and let the light of Jesus flow out of our lives. This is one of the reasons I go into our local public high school at noon hour once a week to lead a Christian club for students – to bring the light into the school system.
- JOHN IS THE WITNESS: (John 1:6-9).
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
Here we are introduced to John the Baptist – not to be confused with John the Beloved Disciple who wrote this Gospel. John is called to be a witness to Jesus, and he said about himself: “I am The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Make straight the way of the Lord, as the prophet Isaiah said.” (John 1:23). John was a prophet who was preparing the people’s hearts to receive Jesus. One day, “when Jesus had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17). Here is another beautiful picture of the Trinity: God the Father’s voice speaking from Heaven; Jesus the son is being baptized by John; and the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus, anointing Him for ministry.
When John baptized Jesus, it was then that he realized that He was the Messiah. John said, “I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘When you see the Holy Spirit descending and resting upon someone, he is the one you are looking for. He is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Son of God.” (John 1:33-34). As Christians, we too are called to be witnesses to tell people about Jesus.
Pastor Chris Jordan