John 1:4,5 – 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.
The world that we live in is a very dark place. The dilemma most have is this, they can’t recognize the darkness and think that the world is actually progressing. Darkness blinds the eyes of everyone born as sons and daughters of this fallen race. Something is wrong with all of us at the core of our being. We are sons and daughters of darkness until the day that the Sun of Righteousness bursts into our lives. In today’s verse John speaks very clearly about this. Jesus is the Light of the world. He came into this world, entered into His own creation, to pierce the darkness with His light.
Man is also living in a state of death. We are born in our trespasses and our sins and that is our lot in life until life itself breaks through. All life flows from Jesus. Spiritual life is the beginning of our life and it comes only from Him. He is light and life and His life still shines in the darkness. Here is how J.C. Ryle describes this verse.
“We learn…that the Lord Jesus Christ is the source of all spiritual life and light. John tells us, that “in Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” He is the eternal fountain, from which alone the sons of men have ever derived life. Whatever spiritual life and light Adam and Eve possessed before the fall, was from Christ. Whatever deliverance from sin and spiritual death any child of Adam has ever enjoyed since the fall, whatever light of conscience or understanding any one has obtained, all has flowed from Christ. The vast majority of mankind in every age have refused to know Him, have forgotten the fall, and their own need of a Savior. The light has been constantly shining “in darkness.” The most have “not comprehended the light.” But if any men and women out of the countless millions of mankind have ever had spiritual life and light, they have owed all to Christ.”
So have you stepped into the light or are you still living in darkness? Life is born in us as we experience His light of revelation. When Jesus comes into our lives our life finally begins. Every facet of your life will be impacted and made new by the life of God in Christ.