The True Light

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

“That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.”  John 1:6–11

Jesus when he came to this earth came with all the frailties and limitations to which all people are subject, except in one way; he was not infected with the contagion of a sinful nature. He did however bear the mark of the effect of several thousand years of deterioration from sin on his physical body. As a result he was like us in physical strength and stamina, potential for illness, and appearance. It was only in his spiritual nature and bent that he differed from us. While we naturally are attracted to and, in fact, are inclined to sin Jesus had no inclination to sin and rebellion; to him these things were repugnant. 

Sin’s presence in the world stood, and still stands, as a tremendous barrier to the influence of God in the world. In order to give the Savior the greatest possibility of having an impact on the lives of even a few people God sent a prophet in advance of his messiah to prepare the way for him and the gospel he would offer to the world. 

What I find significant in our focus text is that the message proclaimed by Jesus and John was not the gift that was of primary importance to the people of the world. As important as the message might be it was only an introduction for that which was of primary importance.

Our focus text refers to this subject that was of primary importance with the expression “the Light.”  The apostle John, in theses verses, makes it very clear that it is Jesus that is the light. The apostle takes the time to make it clear that John the Baptist was not the light and then he comes back to Jesus, at this point referred to as the Word, and says that he “was the true Light which gives light to every man.”

The gift of love that God has provided is not words on paper or an address proclaimed from a mountain top. The true light that is the life and salvation for man that God has provided is nothing less than the divine Son of God, undiminished in his divinity yet incarnate in human flesh. Jesus is our Savior and he is our only means of salvation. 

Our sinful human nature is so blind to its own need and to the wonder of what’s been given to us by God that even stand face to face with Jesus, with a prophet boldly declaring his identity, we still don’t know him and we’re still most strongly inclined to reject him. 

But God doesn’t give up. He loves us too much. Even if only a few, scarcely more than two handfuls, believe and accept him the that’s where he’ll begin. 

And as the prophet foretold, a light begins to shine in a dark place. He still shines today and if we’ll accept him he’ll  come and dwell in our hearts and he’ll shine his light into the darkest parts of our lives as well. 

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