December 29, 2013

By John Ulrich, Senior Pastor

John 1:1-5

In the cosmic struggle between darkness and light, John 1:1-15 tells us that victory is won at Jesus’ resurrection!

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The book of John uses many puns, plays on words and double meanings.  Here the “Word” is both the spoken Word of God and Jesus Himself.

Jesus, who was with God and was God from the beginning of creation (John 1:2), is still shining in the darkness of this world. Notice the use of the present tense of “shining” in John 1:5.

Darkness does not understand the light, or recognize it (John 1:5). Indeed, to be a follower of Christ is often to be misunderstood.  Yet Christ continues to shine in all areas of our lives in a world of darkness.

“The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it” (John 1:5).  Here the double meaning of the word “understood” shows us that ultimately light wins and darkness loses.

  • “Understand” (present tense) means “I get it” or “I grasp it with my mind.” Darkness does not, e.g.: The Pharisees didn’t “get it,” nor did Pilate understand Jesus.
  • “To not understand” can also mean to physically take down. Darkness has not understood or overcome the light.  Light may die down or flicker, but ultimately light will win!

Do we know the truth of this victory of Jesus’ light in our own hearts, as well as our minds?  Knowing this truth cautions us to avoid building our lives on temporary circumstances of darkness, such as sin, doubt and persecution, and instead to open our hearts and minds to things eternal, filled with light.