Do you need a Light? (John 1)

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. John 1:9

Both John and I love flashlights. It must be a guy thing. One of the silly things we do with our flashlights is to see who can blind the other person with their flashlight, we are sinners by the way. A few nights ago we both said to the other, “my light is brighter than yours.” We both knew the only way to solve our debate was to go into a dark room and test our flashlights. I being the oldest went first. My light illuminated the dark room. It was impressive, that is until John shinned his flashlight. Dear friends, my light was nothing compared to his. His light greatly illuminated the dark room.

As you and I come to the end of 2020, I must ask, do you need a light? Let me dig deeper, do you need a better light than you have been following in 2020? In John 1 we are pointed to the one light that outshines all other lights. We are pointed to “The Light of the World.”

In John 1 we read about how John the Baptist mission in life was to be a reflector of the light of the world. Oh how encouraging this was in my life. I realize Jesus is the light that will give light to all who believe in Him. I realized the church has the same call as John the Baptizer.

Consider for a few moments the ministry of John The Baptist:

  1. His light reflecting was successful because he obeyed God’s call on his life.

In 1:20-23 John shined the light on Jesus and John took his proper place as a humble servant of Jesus.

2. His light reflecting was successful because he proclaimed the greatness of Christ.

In 1:26-31 John revealed to the world who this one is who came into the world.

3. His light reflecting was successful because he personally knew the Lord.

In 1:31-32 John confessed, I did not know the Lord, but the Lord told me that I would know Him when He spoke to me.

The third point is the first point in our journey of becoming a light-reflector for Jesus. Our confidence in being light reflectors in this anti-Christian world comes as we grow in our love and understanding of who He is. John the Apostle wrote: “The true light which giveth light to everyone was coming into the world.”

You and I know, Jesus own countrymen rejected Him (1:11). However, to those who believed on Him, everything changed. To such people, God made them into new creations. To such people God brought them into His Kingdom family.

Brothers and sisters, as we come to the end of 2020, I want to be His light reflector! I want to be in the number of those God sends into the darkness of this world to reflect the light of Jesus. In case you did not know why, the Apostle John tells us:

12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Do you need a light? He is the Light!

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