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 all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all 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 everyone 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. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-14)
I am going to be starting a series of thoughts through the Gospel of John over the coming weeks. These thoughts have been adapted from a message series I did of the same title. The goal of this devotional series is to be mindful of how, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” and how we might be present with God and with each other.
The Gospel of John is about the ways in which Jesus is the fullest revelation of who God is through the audible Word and visible “light.” These revelations invite us to move outside of ourselves and into the light of a relationship with God and with others. My hope is that this will be a journey we will share over the coming weeks.
Notice the significance of the “Beginning.” It sounds familiar, like something we might have read in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God made the heaven and the earth.” The point is that the Word was God’s companion in the work of creation as we see divine being give way to divine action.
The light IS shining into the darkness. Now, currently. This is a present-tense action. This is an act of being because something decisive has happened, the Word has come to dwell among us! As it was written, “I will put my dwelling place among you...I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.” (Lev. 26:11-12)
The darkness of night falls quickly, “overtaking” those who stay too long. When we find ourselves lingering in the darkness of ignorance, selfishness, or unbelief, we will quickly find ourselves in a dangerous place. Choosing to step into the light of God’s love and grace, we are choosing to believe in the promise of being made new. This is choosing to leave the darkness of pride and failures behind and step into something new.
May we step into the light that IS shining!
*You can find the message audio here.