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.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Annabelle couldn’t decide which way to look: right, left, backward, or forward! She was surrounded on every side by flashing billboards, scrolling signs, and lights so bright her skin glowed with illuminating radiance. She was standing in the middle of Times Square, and it was everything she ever thought it would be. One glorious image after another infiltrating her eyes. Though she did not realize it, she was standing in the middle of utter darkness. How could this be?
The people during the time of Christ were probably much like Annabelle in our image above. They lived in a world filled with light, yet they hadn’t met the Light of the World. They were bombarded with so many worldly pleasures; they probably had no idea they were surrounded by darkness. The scripture tells us, “…the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” Jesus Christ came to earth as the Light of the World, and the Light is life to man.
John came as a witness to the Light. It’s important to understand that John was not the Light. He was proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ as the Light. Verse 9 says, “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” This message was good news to humanity! It proclaimed that the true Light is available to everyone who lives in darkness.
The Light was now standing in the world that He created, and humanity didn’t accept Him. John 1:11 says, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” Jesus Christ came to the people He created, and they had no faith to repent and follow Christ (Luke 9:23, Acts 3:19, Romans 12:1-2). The Bible defines faith in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The Light came to illuminate the darkness. The Light came to give humanity the power to become the sons of God (John 1:12). This is wonderful news for humankind! Light is power! Power to anyone who has faith!
What are some worldly pleasures that distract you from seeing the Light?
How can you, like John, proclaim the good news of the Light to someone you know and love?
Why are you most excited that the Light is power to anyone who believes?