“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1.1-5
John’s writings have been said to be the simplest in all the New Testament, however I find these verses simple and complex at the same time. When you read these verses, what image is created in your mind? I see the Creator God and the Savior of the world so intertwined that we must not attempt to separate them in our thinking.
The concept of this God who created all things and placed man on this planet, and this man would need a savior, convinces me of God’s absolute holiness and His absolute sense of justice. But I am also given a picture of His unconditional love. How so, you ask?
Look at these words: “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” Jesus’ very presence her on earth was to give mankind a glimpse of His Father’s heart. He came to give light – a sense of knowing and understanding who God is. But when this LIGHT began to shine into the darkness of a sinful world, this wicked, sinful world was unable to comprehend (grasp) what God was showing man. Never mind that Jesus was a good teacher. Never mind that He was a healer. Never mind that He raised Lazarus from the dead. The “darkness” was unwilling to grasp that God became the Son of man so that sons of men could become sons of God.
As we meditate on these words today, allow God’s Holy Spirit to energize you to share this LIGHT with others who are still in darkness. You will be blessed and so will they. Just my thoughts …