In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. 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.
Food For Thought:
This is one of the most beautiful passages of Scripture in the Gospel of John. It is a mirror passage of the beginning of the creation story in Genesis. In this passage, John seeks to show how God has been involved in redemption from the very beginning—that Jesus was the light that would overcome the darkness of this world. Think about the image of light and darkness from the Christian perspective. How can Christians be the bearers of light in the dark (difficult) situations of this world? Think about a way you can bring light to a particularly difficult situation in your sphere of influence.
The light of God surrounds us;
The love of God enfolds us;
The power of God protects us;
The presence of God watches over us;
Wherever we are, God is! Amen.