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 were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 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.
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
One of the great themes of the Gospel of John is “light.”
John 1:4 – In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 8:12 – Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
Matthew 4:14-16 – You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
John 3:19 – And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Jesus is the true light. While others talk about enlightment, we know and believe that Jesus IS the Light of the World. Even though the true light has come, yet much of our world remains in darkness.
1 John 1:5-7 – This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
The darkness is great
- Darkness by birth
- The sins of our “first parents – Adam and Eve” passed down to all of us.
The Psalmist David states Psalm 51:5 – “Behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”
- None of us chose our parents, and one of us chose to be born in sin, but we do have a choice as to whether or not we will continue to live in that state of sinfulness.
Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6:23 tells us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”
- Darkness by choice
John 3:19 tells us, “…men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil.”
- Much of the evil done in the world today is done as a matter of choice.
- The Burnhams, missionaries in the Philippines, were held captive by a terrorist group for ransom money to fight a war of their own choosing.
- The terrorists who flew into the World Trade Center buildings on 9/11 did so as a matter of choice.
- The man/woman who kills their spouse or abuses their own children have made a choice.
- The man who rejects Jesus is also making a choice to live in darkness.
- Darkness by neglect
- Even after Jesus told His disciples to “Go into all the world,” they wanted to stay in Jerusalem
- It took the persecution found in Acts 8:1 to get the church moving out of Jerusalem with the Gospel.
- The Church has had the Gospel for 2000 years and yet the majority of our world is still not evangelized.
What will it take for us to truly get serious about carrying the Gospel to the whole world?
The light is needed in our world
Matthew 5:14-16 – You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Light, life and freedom are found in Jesus
John 14:46 – I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.
Acts 4:12 – Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Romans 10:13-17 – For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
2 Corinthians 4:6 – For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.