By Hiram Vega
The gospels tell us the story of the birth of the promised Messiah, placing it in the context of the Israelite people with historical details and long genealogies intended to prove that he was a legitimate descendant of King David. The book of John shows something different. John pulls back the curtain of time and tells us about a story that began in eternity:
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 men.
John begins his story by establishing and affirming the divinity of Jesus Christ.
“In the beginning . . .” speaks of His eternity.
“. . . was with God . . .” demonstrates that He is part of the Trinity.
“. . . the Word was God” confirms that Jesus is God.
“Through him all things were made . . .” affirms that creation is His handiwork.
What an exciting perspective! The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, came to the world. Ancient people worshiped the sun because without light there would be no life on earth. They could not conceive of a world without light, but John presents someone infinitely greater than creation; the Creator of the sun, moon and starts. He, the Word, has made men and has come to live among them.
Faced with this revelation, surely the world would anxiously await his arrival, grateful for his presence, correct? Reality proved the opposite to be the case. He came to the world he created, but the world did not recognize him. He came to his own people, but they rejected him.
The majority of people did not recognize him, and even the religious leaders couldn’t identify him. Did everything end there? Of course not. Light shines in the darkness, and darkness will not be overcome by it!
There were others that saw the light and trusted in him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, to them he gave the right to become children of God.
The story of salvation is not over. The true light continues to blaze. There are many bearers of that light, bringing it to places of intense darkness. Some reject it, but others accept it. Darkness cannot extinguish the light. The bearers of the light are men, women, elderly people, youth and children who, in all places and at all times, proclaim the marvelous works of the One who called them from darkness into glorious light.
Let us continue to illuminate our world with the light of Christ!