“The True Light”
The prologue to the gospel of John is a fitting introduction to the drama of God’s provision for our spiritual well-being. It is a glorious exposition of the divine identity of Jesus Christ. And it speaks of the eternal nature of our Lord and the intention of God to salvage what has been created, and this means our eternal spirits. This is not a new story but is a story from the beginning of all things.
The central figure in John’s story is the Word, who is God, and the Word’s saving work in the world to redeem the lost destiny of the human family. It is the story of God’s love incarnate and universal for whomsoever will, this means for everyone, and of course, for you and me.
Wonderful attributes and benefits are given through the loving incarnation of Christ. By God’s grace we have access to life in the abundant sense and with this life comes the light that banishes all darkness, rebellion and evil. The promise is that no power in the universe can interrupt this plan of God to restore what has been created in the image of God. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
This story is brought to us through the agency of human affirmative response to God and a willingness to participate with God. Therefore, we have a witness, not the source of salvation, but a witness to the One who brings it. John the Baptist was sent from God, and “came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.”
This light of love, that results in health of spirit and provides spiritual adoption into the family of God comes with glory, grace and truth. And it is available for all of us today. Why not come to the light?
– Pastor Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr.