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Reflecting His Light

John 1:1-5 (NIV)

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 all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

It’s a different kind of Creation story. The Gospel of John begins with the same words as Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning…” We see in John’s Gospel that the Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, was with God the Father in the beginning and through Him all things were created. In Genesis 1, God said, “Let there be light…” (Genesis 1:3, NIV). In John 1:4, we read that Jesus is life and that His life is light. The life and light of Jesus shines in the darkest corners of the world and darkness cannot overcome nor overpower His light.

The light of Jesus still shines in the darkness today through His people. As the moon reflects the light of the sun, so do Jesus’ followers reflect the light of the Son. We must always remember that Jesus is the light of the world, not us. We cannot do anything apart from Him. Reflecting any other light is futile for darkness can overcome any other light that is not divine. Our love for the world has to be motivated by the love God has for the world. That love was demonstrated on the cross where Jesus died for the world. Through His sacrifice we have been set free from sin and its consequences. Now we share that good news through word and deed with a world that is in desperate need of light.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I want to reflect Your light today. Fill me with Your life and light as I move about through the world today. May I bring glory to Your name, amen.
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