1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. (John 1:1-5 NIV)
Genesis and John tell me that God was there in the beginning. Before anything was–God was. John pulls back the veil a little further and tells me that “the Word” was there in the beginning. The Word was God. He was with God. Through Him all things were made and apart from Him nothing was made. The Word is more than the Creator–He was and is “Life” and “Light.” John doesn’t identify “the Word” as Jesus until he comes to verse 17. John says that he was sent to be a witness, he was sent to make the One who is the Light, the Life, and the Word known, yet the world didn’t recognize Him. John writes about himself,
7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. (John 1:7-10 NIV)
Jesus is the Light and the Life of all people. It’s interesting to me that in Genesis 1, God creates “light” and He creates “life.” For many years I lived with the sun coming up every day, but was blind to the real meaning of life until the Light came into my life. The One whom John calls the Light that shines in the darkness has brought new meaning and purpose to my life.
I lived for 18 years fully alive. I had life. I breathed, thought, and exerted energy each and every day and yet it wasn’t until the One whom John says, “In Him was life…” came into my life that I truly began to live. He has taken my life and reoriented me, redefined my purpose and passions, and given me a new reason to live. I want to live this day for His glory so that others might come to know the Life and the Light who is Jesus.
My prayer today, Lord, is that You will continue to open my eyes to Your purpose and plan so that I might not get distracted or bogged down in meaningless pursuits. Thank You for giving me Your Son, the Life and Light of the world!