1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life,[a] and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.[b]
10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own,[c] and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,[d] full of grace and truth.
There is a lot of information given in the first several verses of John 1 that describes how everything came into being through God and how Jesus came into the world to be “the light of all people.” In reading the passage, verses six through nine stood out to me. They tell of John who was sent by God to be a witness to testify to the light that was coming. More specifically, John was sent to testify that “the true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” I like the distinction between being “a” light and being “the” light. That distinction is important to remember from both the perspective of how we see ourselves and how we see others. We are all encouraged to be a light that shines for Jesus and God. But no matter how brightly we may think we shine we need to keep our egos in check and know that we are merely “a” light that is leading others to “the” light. On the other side of that equation no matter how brightly someone else seems to shine we need to know that he or she is merely “a” light and there is only One who is “the” light and is worthy of our faith and worship.
Dear God, thank you for sending your Son Jesus to be the light of the world. Help us all to shine our lights so that others can see Jesus through our words and actions. Help us to remember that Jesus is the only true light of the world and to keep him in our hearts and minds. Amen.
Written by Rhonda Neubauer Church Administrator