In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:1-5, NIV
Every time I read this or hear this passage I get chills. It’s the beginning of the Book of John. It’s the beginning of the discussion of the New Testament in The Story (Chapter 22). It’s the beginning of the Word. It’s the beginning of Christianity. It’s the proverbial “first day of the rest of our lives.”
Because Jesus was the light in the darkness. And, boy was it dark.
I was ready for weeks for The Story to start delving into the New Testament. So tired of the kings who “did evil in the sight of God.” So tired of God’s people turning their back on him over and over again. So tired of the pagan worship. So tired of the sin.
So tired of the darkness…
And then the light shined in the darkness. But, John says Jesus (the Word) was with God in the beginning. God was just waiting until the right time to shine the light. In the last chapter of the Old Testament, the Lord says through Malachi “But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves” (Malachi 4:2, NIV).
Isn’t that beautiful? Jesus the S-O-N rising like the S-U-N with healing in his rays. What encouragement! Light in a very dark time!
We need to focus on the light that Jesus brought to our world every day. Just because Jesus came to save us does not mean that the darkness is not still there. There is still sexual immorality. There are still people of pure evil such as ISIS. There people who intentionally hurt people for sport. The difference is, we now have the light. For every person with a dark soul, there is a person shining the light of Jesus. As Christians, we should try to bring a little light into the world every day. I know I don’t always succeed. Everyone has good days and bad days. But, as long as we walk in the light of the Lord the darkness will not overcome us.
This devotional corresponds with Chapter 22 of The Story. I hope you will prayerfully consider joining us in this faith journey. For more information visit: Read The Story with The Wellness Wife. You can also join our Facebook group, Read “The Story” with The Wellness Wife. Don’t be discouraged by the fact that we’ve already started. You can pick up anywhere and catch up at your leisure. Follow this link for all devotionals related to The Story.
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