The Giver of Life
Home Church Devotional 9/30/2020
These devotionals were written during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic when area churches were not allowed to meet for fear of spreading the coronavirus. They were used in place of a full sermon as my family and I gathered for worship and communion.
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. John 1:4-8 (NASB)
We have already been introduced to Jesus as the Eternal Word, the Word of Creation and the Word Among Humanity. John reinforces the point of the Word of Creation by telling us in Him was life and this life was the light for all people. We learned that the Word Among Humanity came to those He created, this includes all people not just the Jewish nation, for all of us were created in the image of God. So, the life the Word brings is light to all people, all those He created. All people have the choice of walking in His Light and Life or rejecting Him and walking in darkness.
The life Christ gives brings a unique light that reveals divine truth to expose our sin. This light from Christ does more than just shine or reflect, like ordinary light; the light of Christ penetrates and enlightens the hearts and the minds of everyone who comes in contact with Christ. It is only in the light of Christ that we see our sin and the glory of Christ and all those who respond to Christ will receive this enlightenment. Christ, the Word of Creation, gives life to all things, but He alone brings light that shines into all the recesses of our lives to expose sin and in so doing, brings eternal life to those who respond to His calling.
To say “In Him was life” is to mean three things for believers – first, the Life in Jesus is the quality and essence, the energy and power, the force and the principle of being. Jesus is the quality, essence, meaning and principle of life. Second, the Life in Christ is purpose, meaning and significance of being. Jesus is the meaning, purpose and significance of being. Christ is the substance, being and significance of life! Thirdly, the Life in Christ is perfection. Jesus is the Source of life; He is the Way to life; and He is the Truth of life. Without Christ, there is no life at all!
As life, Jesus brings light to darkness. Light reveals, strips away subdues chaos and guides. Darkness cannot understand, overcome or extinguish light. The knowledge of the life in Jesus is to be the light of all people, for all who believe this is abundant and eternal life. The light received from Jesus is life that brings energy and restoration, the desire to do good works, to walk and to live as we should. Those in darkness reject Jesus, His light, His life and His people.
Those who do not know Jesus and His true identity cannot mentally grasp or understand He has come to bring true light and life to all people. Rather, they try to conquer and control Jesus. Those who do not believe and receive Jesus, those who are influenced and deceived by Satan, have not accepted the light, and in fact, at times they reject the light and life offered by Jesus.
Sin brings darkness, but the light of Christ brings light that shows the way God intended us to live, shows us the truth of life – the truth about God, humanity and the world – and shows us how to save our lives and avoid those things that lead to death. This light still shines today and is available for all those who would call upon His name. Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, the Word who came to live among those He created, has not given up on anyone. He simple waits for an invitation to enter into and work in a person’s life. In fact, He walks in the light and waits for you to walk with Him. Won’t you join Jesus as He walks in the light?
Amen and Amen.