John has barely begun his gospel narrative before introducing this cosmic conflict as the reason God the Father sent the Son. And yet whatever the power of darkness, the light burns on. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. Bible Devotions from John 1. ... ©2006-2020 Croft Enterprises. In Jesus' name. All lights that we know, eventually dim and go out over time — all lights except one: Jesus! Robert holds a bachelor’s in business administration, master’s in biblical studies, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in leadership. They have literally spent months working and re-working the ground. John 1:1-5 John’s take on Jesus coming into the world was that He was light driving out darkness. Advent 1 C: Stand Up and Raise Your Heads! Three That Testify Devotional 1 John 5:6–8 As the early church grappled with heretics of various sorts, the orthodox were united on the absolute necessity of the full deity and full humanity of Jesus Christ. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. When we grow weary, strengthen our hearts. is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. It first offers an affirmation about the light. But those who trust Christ as Saviour and believe in the only begotten Son of God are transferred out of Adam and placed 'in Christ'. What Jesus Did! Dios transformó la vida de Roberto y años después lo llamó a fundar iglesias transculturalmente con su esposa y sus hijos. All things come into being through him, with him, in him. Daily Devotion: God Is Light ~ 1 John 1:5 (February 20, 2015) “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” ~ 1 John 1:5 Explanation of the Text: To think of the contrast between light and darkness as a concept of the Christian life reveals much about the Christian life. Your second paragraph David is so real, so honest. It reveals what is hidden” (1). He is the Light that keeps shining. 6:16) “dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see,” unless He chooses to reveal Himself to us. The living Word of God is the ground of our being. Let us therefore walk in the light as He is in the light - and may the light of God in Christ shine in our hearts and show forth in our lives, so that men may see the light of Christ shining in our lives as we abide in Him and He in us. We worship and serve no abstract First Cause but a loving Father. Except where noted, scripture quotations are taken from the Easy-to-Read Version © 2001 by Bible League International. We experience suffering in relationships, through disease and death, and seeing the world run by and for those in power. HEARTLIGHT is a registered service mark of Heartlight, Inc. | Privacy Policy. He was the source of life, and that life was the light for humanity. Photo by Ingmar on Unsplash. Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. In the Beginning - Verses 1-5. It allows life. As followers of Jesus, we still live in a world where darkness seems ever-present. Much of this will overlap with the following verses, and thus our discussion will continue in greater detail. They are removed from the kingdom of darkness and placed into the kingdom of light - the kingdom of God's dear Son. Jesus just is. I don't know much about the ground. Take an opportunity to thoroughly examine yourself and identify those areas of darkness in your life that cannot exist with God. Remembering Who Jesus is as the Savior of the World. Daily Devotional - 1 John 1:5-7. Tags: John. Light can affect attitude and impact one’s joy. Heartlight is supported by loving Christians from around the world. Sooner or later, lights go out. View Resource. Evil, Satan, and the forces of darkness can't snuff out his light or hide his radiant glory. As fallen man we are identified with Adam's sin, the consequences of which are are sin and death, darkness ad eternal separation from God. Daily Devotional - 1 John 1:5-7 Tuesday, May 12. There is darkness, darkness that wants and seeks to overcome light. The god of the philosophers is not the God of the Bible. 1 John 5:4 Consider what is involved in this phrase the world. It, as far as I'm concerned, just is. “Light is the first fundamental property created. Written By: Jazmin Frank. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. The Defiance of Christ the King | pastorjoeskogmo, The Least of These | Pastor, Preacher, Pray-er. Tormented shifts in the former tranquility of a seabed. Are there times in your life where you’ve accepted the darkness in which you may be called to carry the light of Christ? Father, forgive me for the times I strayed away from your will. This, I think, is one of the most poignant lines in Scripture. Examination & Application of the Text: Quite simply, because God is light and in us dwells the darkness of sin, our lives must be turned over to Jesus Christ. John has barely begun his gospel narrative before introducing this cosmic conflict as the reason God the Father sent the Son. But then I spent time traveling this past month. Thank you David for all the “In the Meantime” words and poems. Cuando tiene la oportunidad, encontrarás a Robert escribiendo y hablando internacionalmente. When we feel despair, encourage us through community and your words, And where there is darkness, lead us to be light. This is the basic part of the Gospel message that not only is to be proclaimed, but lived for by us. Darkness in the world, darkness in our lives, darkness in our hearts that seeks to quench the light. Sustain us. Even amidst the great deal of darkness in this world, the light of Jesus Christ shines bright. But today we have to limit ourselves to 1:1-5, where John shows us that… Jesus Christ is the eternal Word, the Creator of everything, who reveals the life and light of God to this dark world. The further away we get from God who is light, the more downcast our soul becomes, lacking both fellowship and complete joy that John writes of in the previous verses. I know that on each of those occasions I pushed Jesus and the light of his grace and truth away from me. As God is light and the darkness of sin cannot exist in Him, the light exposes sin so that it may be dealt with. This, I think, is one of the most poignant lines in Scripture. Heavenly Father, thank You for Your glorious message of Salvation and for unveiling Your perfect character and holy attributes through the Lord Jesus Christ. And through it he narrates the promise that we do not live this story alone. As we stood in the fellowship room, I pointed out three more geologists among the coffee drinking crowd. John 1:1–5 The god of the philosophers is not the God of the Bible. May the light of His life and love be seen in me and use me I pray to reflect the light of the glorious gospel of grace to a lost and darkened world, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN. And, ultimately, the darkness is no match for that persistent, passionate light of life.. Daily Devotion – John 9:1-5 – Light in the Darkness. Prayer: Dear God, at our darkness moments, help us to remember that you are with us, shining on us and through us and never letting us go. In his purity, there can be no speck of uncleanness at all, darkness, that so blackens the hearts of men. I want to just say that darkness overpowered me this last September, 5 days after my retirement from ordanined ministry in the ELCA. Jesus just is. It breaks fellowship with God, and yet we have joy because through Jesus Christ, we have been made pure in order to be restored to fellowship with God. As our feet make their connection to the earth today, may your Spirit rise up to meet our souls. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus. Click the link & you're set. What would the ground mean then? With a message that has astounded the world since He first made His appearance, we come to discover that the Word (the Lord Jesus Christ), was not only with God, but was God. This is seen during the winter months, with the light of day more limited and people began to find their spirits more downcast desiring to more light. But in these last days God has given us the greatest revelation of Himself in the person of His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. This Light, full of grace and glory, keeps shining. This is the heart of almost every story, whether told around a fire, set down in a book, or written in the journal of our lives: the struggle between darkness and light, despair and hope, meaningless and purpose, futility and possibility, death and life. Nothing can stop him from shining. This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.