The Word and Creation
“All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. (4) In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. (5) That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.” - John 1:3-5
Concept Summary – Our invisible God makes everything visible.
If you want to have some real fun some time, get a baby and get in his/her face and smile at them. Usually they smile back and their eyes sparkle, unless you’re like me and the baby you pick up takes that moment to have a blowout, but that’s another story. Funny that everyone else’s eyes sparkled at my distress as the baby let me know he wasn’t happy!
On the opposite side of life, have you ever looked in the eyes of someone who’s died? I have. The light is out. Gone. Totally different experience. When the life leaves you can always tell. We say the person is deceased, but the reality is that they really are still alive but the life has left the body and is now somewhere else.
According to Jesus’ parable of Lazarus and the rich man, both guys died and both ended up in different places, Lazarus in paradise and the rich man in torment. You see, everyone is really an eternal being, the only difference between us is whether or not we accept Christ’s work on the cross to save us. Jesus is the source of all life and nothing can destroy His life in us.
Yesterday, we looked at verse 3 above. Today our focus will be on verse 4. They really should be read together, because John is drawing what we call in the sciences a Venn diagram. He’s comparing the differences and similarities between Jesus creating the physical universe in verse 3 with His spiritual creativeness in verse 4.
Our Lord is the sole creator of both the physical and spiritual universes, yet each creative act is different in fundamental ways. Verse 4 is actually talking about Jesus having the answer for our hopeless condition (life) and offering it to all mankind (His life was the light of men). He’s the spiritual light, the answer to the chasm that exists between sinful man and our holy God.
Another way to look at verse 4 is to see it in a larger explanation, namely the most famous verse in the Bible! In John 3:16 all the parts of verse 4 are here. God the Father sent Jesus, source of our salvation, that if we believe in Him, He bestows everlasting life. Jesus is life incarnate and has the Light (answer) that all men need.
So, how does this verse affect us? His life energizes us and He has the light we need. Salvation is in Christ alone, accept nothing else. Ha, notice our works aren’t mentioned at all? Nothing we do opens heaven’s door; only Jesus is the answer we need!