The Word and John
“There was a man sent from God whose name was John. (7) He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. (8) He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. (9) The true light that gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” - John 1:6-9
“He must increase, but I must decrease." - John 3:30
Concept Summary – The second best man who ever lived.
There’s an old Christian challenge that goes like this: can God hold a man accountable for his sins if he grows up marooned on a desert island with no one ever telling him of Christ? There’s another story of a sailor falling overboard and waking up on a desert island too. As he looked around, the palm trees turned purple! The sand on the beach turned purple too! As he whirled around, he saw the ocean had turned purple! Then, he looked at himself and saw he was purple too! He cried out then, “Oh my gosh, I’ve been marooned!!” Ahh, but I digress.
Back to our challenge, can God hold a man accountable who never hears a Christian message? Look very closely at verse 9 above. Not only is it a thrilling truth that Jesus gives light to everyone, i.e., makes His appeal clear to all, but also it’s a chilling indictment that all are without excuse. God is shouting to us with His love all the time, in lots of ways. We can choose to reject Him, but we can never choose to ignore Him.
Growing up in a non-church-going family, I remember thinking about God the first time after viewing the Charlie Brown Christmas special. As Linus was reading about the Lord’s birth, I remember thinking about that. Later on as a young sailor, some Christians irritated me by talking all the time about Christ, so I stole one of their cartoon booklets. It was a Chick Publication called “This is your life!” and later that night I read it and bingo, God drew me to Himself! Lots of ways God worms into our souls.
In Romans 1:19-20, we see God uses nature sometimes to jumpstart our hearts in thinking about Him. But if you want to see God clearly, examine Jesus. He’s the true light; revealing God to us completely as we see in Hebrews 1:1-3.
So what do you think about Jesus? What’s your response to His claims on your life? Our joy will become complete as we diminish and He ascends to His rightful throne in our lives. Verse 9 tells us He’s talking… are you listening?