Posted by: randydunning | January 2, 2008

Day 1 | John 1

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Text: John 1

Key Verse: 5-7
“The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.”

Reflection:
The darkness does not comprehend the Light. It may recognize the Light and acknowledge it as such, but recognition and comprehension are not equals. So in order for the Light to be understood, it (rather, He) needs a witness – someone who has seen and can testify that the Light is the Son of God (v. 34).

John the Baptist was the original witness – the first to explain to people who Jesus was. He was the forerunner to the apostles, the preachers, the missionaries, and all who would come after proclaiming Jesus to be the Christ and the son of the living God. And even though the timing of his calling was unique, his calling was not. All Christians are called to be witnesses for Jesus because otherwise the world that He visited and that was made through Him will continue not to know Him (v. 10).

Unbelievable as it may be, the creation, the resurrection and the scriptures are yet dependent upon people to tell the story to one another. If we leave people to connect the dots on their own there is no guarantee they will find their way to Jesus. Quite to the contrary they often find their way to anything and everything but Jesus.

Like John the Baptist, God calls us to testify of what we have seen and know to be true – God made this Jesus both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36).

Prayer:
Lord, I am such a feeble and fearful witness and often believe the lie that for people to know you I don’t need to speak. May 2008 be a great year in Your Kingdom because of the testimony and witness of your people. And may I be counted among those who proclaim clearly, boldly and lovingly that Jesus is the Son of God. Please show me how and to whom I can bear the Light.

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I apologize for the tardiness of this post. I returned home last evening to find that my home internet service was down and continues to be today. So I was unable to post my 1st journal entry on Jan. 1 as promised. Hopefully these internet outages will not follow me too far into the new year!

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Responses

  1. One of the really cool things I noticed in chapter 1 was that John had a certain disciple named Andrew who when John said, their is the Lamb of God, Andrew and another man left him to follow Jesus. That says volumes about the ministry of John. He truly was focused on pointing people to Jesus. I can’t remember if Andrew is the one who brought Simon (his brother) into the picture off the top of my head, but that is an interesting point.

  2. I was impressed by the humility and transparency of John to proclaim the coming of Jesus and then melt into the background. “He must become greater, I must become less” (Jn 3:30). The popularity contests that rage today stand in direct contrast to John’s ministry.

  3. I love verses 12 and 13 of chapter 1: we can become children of God simply by receiving and believing in His Name. I think that so often we de-spiritualize the nature of our relationship with God. We place the emphasis on what we have done (the receiving/believing), but it is manifestly something God has done! The second part of this verse tells us that this relationship we have with God is not of natural descent, but born of God. I think we would go a long way understanding that God is the one acting.


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