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8th May 2024


Who is Jesus – John 1

John provides ample evidence in the first chapter of his gospel of who Jesus is.
The reader is left in no doubt to who Jesus is & what He does for humanity.
We have already seen how John introduces Jesus as the eternal word.
The One in whom every person (Jew of Greek) finds the meaning of life & their true purpose.
Jesus the Eternal Word who is God, Creator & bringer of life & light.
Today we look at John’s use of the title the True Light.


There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. John 1:6-9 NKJV


John now reveals Jesus as the True Light, Light of life or Life-Light.
The One alone who is genuine, steadfast & perfect in revealing & demonstrating God’s amazing light & life.
John the Baptist was sent as a witness to the Light of Christ. A messenger to prepare the way for Christ.
Jesus is the One who will bring light, illumination & revelation to humanity about who God is & what He is like.
Through words, works & wonders Jesus powerfully shone forth the love, grace & truth of God. SELAH

Christ is the True Light which cannot be extinguished or diminished (John 1:5).
He has burst through & pierced the darkness of sin, death & evil which have contaminated this world & humanity.
The Light of the World (John 8:12) who enables those who follow Him to have the light of life.
The light that Christ shines enables humans to become the children of God (Sonship).
Everyone who puts their faith in Jesus (receives Him by embracing His life & light) has the privilege of Sonship.
Those who take hold of & keep hold of Christ’s Name are born anew (spiritually) into new life, friendship & fellowship with God. SELAH

Jesus is the unique Light of the World. Only Christ truly & fully reveals who God is& what God is like (cf Hebrews 1:1-4).
Only by receiving His light & life can we be rescued & saved from sin, death & evil.
Jesus is the genuine revelation of the Light of God – the bearer & bringer of God’s life & light to humanity.
Just like light triumphs over darkness (all the time SELAH) Jesus has triumphed in His mission to this world.
The life & light of God is now available to anyone who calls on the Name of the Lord – Hallelujah!!
Thank you Jesus – You alone are the True Light of the World.


For Reflection

  • In what ways am I receiving & living in the light of the Lord?
  • How am I keeping firm grasp & tight hold upon Christ & His light & life?
  • Meditate upon Jesus as the True Light & Light of the World.

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Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that in Christ You reveal Your light & glory,
Thank you that Jesus lights up my life with Your love, grace 7 truth.
Jesus, Light of the World, thank you that You have pieced the darkness of this world with True Light,
Saving me & delivering me from sin, death & evil.
Holy Spirit keep me living in the light of the Lord,
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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