Start here . . . Jesus is life. John 1.1-5
One thing I know, one thing that is sure - we all need a gigantic dose of JESUS, especially right now. While many areas of life seem so uncertain, Jesus is both Light and Life.
Let’s pursue that light, shall we, by turning to the gospel of John. Right out of the gate, John used the ‘Word’ to describe Jesus, which has discouraged many a reader for lack of understanding. The Greek word translated ‘word’ is logos which means ‘the outward expression of the mind and will that rules the universe.’ [more below]
If you can, look at it in your own Bible; if not, here is John 1.1-5:
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. NLT
God has given us the written WORD, and in Jesus, God the Father gave us the living WORD of God. Our author John, the beloved disciple, (not to be confused with John the Baptist) opens his gospel by taking us to another familiar opening—Genesis 1.1, “In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth.” John tells us the Word/Jesus was there, but Jesus was not just present at that ‘beginning,’ Jesus created.
“For by him [Jesus] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things were created by him and for him.” Colossians 1.16
Just how did Jesus create? Did Jesus have a potter’s wheel, a gigantic laboratory? Was he the originator of the first planetarium, where he concocted the plan of stars, planets and galaxies? The psalmist says,
“The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.” Psalm 33.6
Jesus Christ was not just there at the time of Creation, but he spoke all that was created into existence. Such power in the words of Jesus Christ! And as John said, “God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” Do it again, Lord, do it again.
Lord Jesus, we need you to breathe new life into our world - to bring to order what seems to be spinning out of control. We are in need of your light right now - to show us the way to go, to show us how to live! In turn, remind us that we can be light in the world. . . cause us to rise up and be a source of light and encouragement to those around us. May we influence others by being way-pointers to You. Amen.
. . . Jesus is!