I’m crying as I write this one, because the coming of Jesus is such good news. I’ve always loved the beauty of John’s announcement of the arrival of Jesus. It doesn’t have the details of the other gospels, but the passage is rich with imagery and beautiful theology.
In the last post, I spoke about the years of darkness and silence before the birth of Jesus. After years of waiting in darkness, a bright Light, Jesus, came to wash away the darkness of all of our hearts. As John says, He (Jesus) is the light of man. The darkness cannot overcome Him. Not only does Jesus have victory over the darkness but also He gives light to everyone—to the whole world! I think sometimes about my dark life without Christ and the bright light that he has brought to me. Now, I am able to see God and the rest of the world with such beautiful clarity. I am thankful He is the Light.
Jesus is not only described as the Light in this passage, but also the Word. God speaks in the creation story to give life to the cosmos. Here, God speaks, moves, and saves through His Word, Jesus. The last section of this Scripture says, “No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he [Jesus] has made him known.” Previously, God communicated with man through prophets and priests of the Old Testament, no man had ever seen God directly, but now Jesus is making him known by living among us. That’s why they call Jesus, Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” He breaks the silence and speaks on God’s behalf and shows us who God is and His purpose for the world.
The Light and the Word—Jesus, saves us. He breaks through our silent, dark hearts and brings warm, illuminating light and words of the glorious news of God to all of mankind. It’s only breakfast time but I feel like running around the neighborhood a few times because this is amazing stuff! Celebrate that today.
Read the whole of John’s passage here:
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 gives light to 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 For 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.”
This song is one of my favorites. It is not a Christmas carol, like in the last post, but it is beautiful. Listen to it and enjoy! If you want a link to the lyrics click here.