John 1:4-5 Life, Light vs darkness

John 1:4-5 NIV ” 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.”



The word darkness has many meanings besides the absence of light.  It can be described as depression,  or a personality.  Darkness can also describe violence in thought or action.  Darkness can be the unwanted news  of a medical condition.  Darkness can also describe the character of a nation or a radical violent belief system.  Darkness is also in the soul of man without Christ.  Like a flashlight without batteries, the equipment is there but no “life” is in the batteries.

In HIM was Light and Life

Where can we find light for our minds, bodies, attitude, heart and future?  The answer is in John 1:4.  In Him (Jesus, Logos) is light and life.  The Greek word for life is zoe (ζωή). There are different layers of life.  One one level just waking up in the morning means you have life.  You are living and breathing.  But there is a mental and spiritual life that can be darkened even though physical life is present.  However, one fact need to be understood.  ALL LIFE (ZOE) AT ALL LEVELS COME FROM CHRIST.  It is through Christ that the seven billion people on earth are breathing. He give physical life as Adam was given physical life when God breathed life into him (Genesis 2:7).

Sin brought darkness but Jesus brings light

Adam was alive both physically and spiritually with God.  When Adam and Eve ate the apple in the garden of Eden a death or darkness came over their spirit and has been in this world since then.  The source of darkness is both our fallen natures and your arch enemy Satan who is determined we will never again see connect with true light or life from Christ.

BUT JESUS HAS COME TO THE RESCUE – THE SOURCE OF LIGHT FOR ALL MANKIND.  This life (zoe) is the light for everything.

It seems are nation is growing darker.  Remember the light is still shining.  The last part of verse five says the darkness does not comprehend the light.  Some translations says overcome the light.  Both are right. Darkness can never overcome or comprehend  the light of Christ. The purpose of the darkness is to try and keep you from the light.   [2 Corinthians 3:14 NIV] “14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is darkness taken away.”

Take a moment to listen to the song below.  Feel the light of God in the song.

youtube-logo  Light of the world.

 [Colossians 1:12-13 NIV] “12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

Today, you can find light in the  darkness.

Christ is the source of your life and light.  Pray to God right now and tell Him of your darkness.  Then ask for forgiveness and guidance from Him. You will feel His light in your heart.  It is important to develop this source of light, like keeping fresh batteries in a flashlight.  Read the bible, pray find a church and get to know other people who are seeking life and light. This is how you live and grow with lightnside.


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