In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”)
This passage reminds me of a famous quote by C.S. Lewis “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” John begins his Gospel by recalling the first phrase of the Bible, “In the beginning” but then continues to talk about the Word who “was in the beginning with God.” God created all things by speaking them into existence. John points out that through the Word everything comes into being and the Word is the life and light of all people. The Word shines in the darkness and as C.S. Lewis puts it, we can see everything by the light. Those who believe in him will be reborn and made new.
- What does it mean to you to “become children of God?
- Describe a time in your life when the light overcame the darkness. Has there been a time when the opposite felt true?
- Which verse is particularly meaningful to you?
Prayer: Rabbi, Lord Jesus, light of the world, I want to see. Help me to see you more clearly, and because of you everyone and everything around me. Teach me to look for your light. - Amen
The Ghent Altarpiece (1432) Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium. By Jan van Eyck (1390-1441).