John 1 v 1-8 v 5 ‘The light shines in the dark, and the dark has never distinguished it”
There are four gospels. Mathew and Mark start with the name of Jesus in the first line, clearly stating that they are writing to tell others about Jesus. Luke states that he is writing an “orderly account of things he has heard from direct witnesses” and starts with the amazing story of Angels visiting people and baby’s being born to women who were childless for many years or not even married. The details in his account are written with the wonder of the unimaginable happening. For John his understanding of who Jesus was starts “in the beginning the Word (Jesus) already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was the source of life, and that life was the light of humanity. The light shines in the dark, and the dark has never distinguished it.”
In the month of December, the days are short, and this week I am celebrating my daughter’s birthday. What I remember about the first few weeks of her life was that it was always dark, and I was awake on my own looking after a tiny baby. I was extremely tired and especially at four in the morning when she wanted to play, and I wanted to sleep. By the time she went back to sleep at 6am my son was awake and for me the “day “was beginning despite it being dark. It is easy to be despondent in the dark. Therefore, John referring to Jesus as the light, that the dark has never distinguished is amazing. By the time I had my third and last baby I cherished the quiet moments at night when I was alone with her and didn’t have to share her or my attention with anyone else. The light of love shining in the dark.
So, this week enjoy the lights in the darkness. Those people around you who give you a helping hand, who bring a smile to your face when you are feeling down. “The light shines in the dark, and the dark has never been distinguished. “
Prayer: Loving Father thank you for the light that Jesus brings into my life this and every day. Amen.