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.
I distinctly remember studying this passage in Bible class my senior year of high school. My teacher asked us how this passage describes Jesus. I remember thinking, well the passage seems to say that Jesus is the Word, and that is really weird. I kept reading with my classmates until we saw that the passage also says Jesus is not only the Word but also the true light–now things are getting really weird!
A few years have passed since that Bible class and sometimes I still struggle to understand how Jesus is both the Word and the Light; but more so, I find great comfort in these truths. This passage shows us the beauty of the big picture. Jesus literally created the entire world—whoa, that’s a big deal! While he created the world, he also came into the world! Jesus didn’t just create the world and go on to other things. He became like his creation so that he could save people like you and I.
This is why Jesus as the true Light is a great picture of the Hope that he brings into our life. He is our source for everything. He is the one who brings us out of all darkness and into himself.
This radical truth is opposite from what we hear in the broken reality we live in. Jesus uses both his authority and meekness to undo this curse making a new reality for his people. This is something that we can find great comfort in because he has dwelt among us and revealed his beauty to his children.
Father, help us to believe that you are the true Word that spoke our world into existence. Help us also to believe that you came into this world as the true Light to bring us hope and saving grace. I pray that we, by your Spirit, would live in preparation for the restoration of your people and your creation. Allow this great hope to guide us and direct us. Amen.
1 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.