Before I begin, I would like you to ponder with me these words:
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.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
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 1:1-5, 9-14
I had never read this passage this way before.
For me, as for you perhaps, it was customary to read this text and concentrate on the statement that the Lord Jesus is the word of God.
And frankly, I didn’t quite understand what this is all about.
I once heard a secular singer out there say that The Lord Jesus is a verb and not a noun.
To some extent, he’s right.
Referring to the fact that it is not enough to possess intellectual information of the Lord, but that it is imperative to put into practice his teachings.
My short understanding finds it beautiful to think how the apostle declares Jesus to be “life.”
Yes, when the apostle says that He is the word and that by Him all things were made and that without Him nothing that exists was made, he is declaring that the Lord is life.
But this idea, however beautiful and profound it may seem, would be incomplete if we did not understand something else.
And the passage expresses some words that to me are more poetic and even more exquisite.
It says that the Lord Jesus is light.
That he is the light of men.
I dare not state this categorically because to do so requires much more knowledge than I have, but it makes sense to my understanding of thinking that the apostle is developing the same idea from two different perspectives.
The Lord Jesus is life, the Lord Jesus is light.
It is the life that dispels death, it is the life that conquers the void of non-existence.
The meaningless days devoid of purpose.
He is the life that makes the spaces of the heart green and bloom and full of joy and purpose to existence.
Whoever has experienced it with me, who has known what it is to love the Lord, going from death to life with him, who such could not testify with me that it is true.
The Lord is life.
He’s abundant life.
He’s a full life.
He is the word that creates and subjects chaos to order.
The Lord is light.
He is light in the midst of darkness, he is light that illuminates the dark nights of the soul and that in the midst of the gloom of not knowing what to do heals blind vision and straightens the steps.
A light that brings clarity to your eyes and that illuminates your life so as not to continue falling into the hole of error and misery in which you have already fallen so much.
He is light that brings color to existence.
Light that dispels the sad, cold, and eternal night of not having him.
There is no point in continuing to reject him, much less to deny him.
He has given us the privilege of being born again as children of God, he has brought us out of the darkness into the admirable light, which is knowledge of his precious glory, grace, and truth.
The Lord Jesus is life and he is light.
Let us, therefore, come daily to the source of life and be satisfied with it.
Let us always walk in the light of his glory.
I hope these words are a blessing to your life.
And what do you think? How do you think you can be happy and have a purpose in life? Share in the comments.