I am now studying in my favorite Gospel, the book of John. Have I mentioned lately how much I’m looking forward to meeting the apostle John someday in heaven? 🙂
From the opening verse, my heart is captured, filled with awe and wonder at how clearly John describes Jesus. Did you know He was present at Creation? Did you know He is the Creator?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” ~ John 1:1-5
“In the beginning”. What other verse begins that way? “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ” ~ Genesis 1:1. The very first words of the Bible are the same as the very first words of the book of John. Both tell us of the creation of the world. Both show us that it was created by God. And Jesus. (And the Holy Spirit! “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” ~ Genesis 1:2b.) The Trinity was present at Creation.
But John tells us more about Jesus.
“In Him was life”. Jesus is the life. ” ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ ” ~ John 14:6
“And the life was the light of men”. Jesus is the light. ” ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’ ” ~ John 8:12
What this world desperately needs is life. And light. But that life and light are rejected, and instead death and darkness are embraced. And God knew that would happen.
“That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.” ~ John 1:9-11
” ‘He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.’ ” ~ John 3:18-20
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” ~ Romans 3:23
But though all of us are sinners, all is not lost! For God knew some would reject the gift of His Son, Jesus, but He also knew that some would accept Him. So He made a way for us, for all of us. We have a choice to make.
” ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.’ ” ~ John 3:16-17
Don’t you see? God did not send Jesus to condemn us to death, but to save us from death. We condemn ourselves when we reject Jesus, and the life and light He offers us. Choose Jesus!
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” ~ John 1:12-13
” ‘Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.’ ” ~ John 4:35b-36
Oh dear ones, let’s share the gift of life in Jesus! Let’s pray that the world around us might choose Jesus ~ the light and life, and not the darkness!