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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. (John 1:9-14 ESV)
Believe me, darkness knows about light. Darkness flees at the speed of light, and darkness has never overtaken light. That seems to be true in nature as well as in this passage. Jesus is the Light to the world, and the devil is the darkness. We are surrounded by the light, but that doesn’t mean we see it. We can even go on living our entire lives, and we can experience true love, or be amazed at the sight of the Grand Canyon, or be filled with joy when in the presence of family. And given all of that, we can still be blind to the light of Christ.
John refers in this passage to people who haven’t had their eyes opened to receive the Light, which God has freely given to everyone. This is so tragic! Sometimes I just want to shake people and say, “Open your eyes and see what Jesus has done for you!” Obviously, that doesn’t work, but we want to do something to wake others up to the Light that really change lives. But it is still true that God offered His Son as a light to the world to save us from darkness, yet some still can’t see that. Whatever the reasons are for why someone cannot see it, I hope it’s not because we’re unwilling to share the Light. And for those of us who have had our eyes opened, I hope we never forget what Christ did for us. We would have never known the light if we had stayed in darkness, but because of God’s love we who believe in Him can now see and experience the one true Light.
I also love John 1:4, where it says, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men”. God sent His Son into the world for us – you and me. And it was a reflecting light that gave Christ life to become flesh and dwell among us, a light that pointed us back to the Source, and illuminate glory as the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
In a season when trees are decorated with lights, and we hold candles when we sing songs, remember the Light of the world who came as a Baby to offer us the forgiveness of our sin.
- What do you think keeps people from seeing the Light?
- How can you be a light to others around you?
- Does the thought of Christ shining upon you refresh you and sustain you? Why or why not?
- Reflect upon the moment your eyes were opened to the light of Christ. When was that moment? Spend some time thanking God for that moment.
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Thank you, Lord, for being such a bright light – one that will never go out and reaches to every corner of the universe. You, God, are deserving of our praise, and I pray that everyone’s eyes will be opened and then every tongue will sing in one chorus to You, “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My name is Spencer Leeds, and I manage Audio, Video, and Lighting at the South Park campus. I am homegrown in Charlotte and within the past year or two a recent member and addition to the staff at Forest Hill. I have enjoyed how God is using the church to draw others closer to Him. It can be hard sometimes to experience God and be refreshed on the weekend when concentrating on the details that come with the job, but there is something moving about seeing my volunteers and others grow closer to God and find community within our teams and the church.