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April 6, 2020 The Light of the World - Pastor Perry Windecker

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.


There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.


The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.


The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.


(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:1-18, NIV).


Reflection


Have you ever been in a place of complete darkness, I don’t mean just a moonless night, but a place where there is absolutely no light? The kind of darkness that exists deep in a mine when all the lights go out or as in my case a submarine when all the lights go out. When it is so dark that you can see nothing, nothing at all, there is no light whatsoever for your eyes to collect and process. Even in the most advanced naval wonders of the world, it can be a very disheartening and scary place in this kind of darkness deep below the surface. This is the kind of darkness that there was in the utter nothingness before creation, before God said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3 NIV). No matter how dark it gets even the smallest amount of light has the great power to push back the darkness.


As we read above, the Word was with God and was God (Jn. 1:1). Jesus is one with God eternally. Jesus Christ is the Light of life, and darkness has not overcome it (Jn. 1:4-5). He, the Word was there in the beginning, spoken, creating all things through Him (Jn. 1:3). "Let there be light" was actually Him driving back the darkness of nothingness, and now He returns driving back the darkness of death and sin on the cross, and He will come again, and again drive back darkness; He that was, and is, and will be. Just as actual darkness recoils from light, the humanity He created actually recoiled from Him, the Word. But not all, some, “those who believed in His name” (Jn. 1:12, NIV) became to know Him and be known by Him. He became flesh revealing the Word, grace, and truth, not law but actual truth of the Father. The Light shined in the world driving back death, darkness, and all sin. To know Him is to also be known by Him just as light envelopes and embraces you so does the truth and life and love of Jesus Son of God.


Today, picture the image of a single light driving back the dark as the darkness recoils from it, but you do not. You are enveloped by it, you see it for the truth that it is, and you begin to know it. Pray for the Word, Jesus to be known by you and His truth to be seen by you, and for this relationship to grow and expand as the Light pushes back the darkness.


Do you see light in this world pushing back the darkness, or do you see something else?


Have you ever thought about turning up the light to be brighter by taking His light and spreading it by stepping out into the darkness?

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