John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. 9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 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. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. ESV
Words are sounds and/or symbols that communicate meaning. One small word can communicate much. For instance “Fire!”, or “Help”, etc. Words are not “living”, but they surely are important. Imagine a person born blind and deaf who has no concept of communication. God is a communicating God. He made us in His image so that we can know Him and relate to Him.
Isa 9 says He came into this world to people living in darkness, to bring light. God the Son is the Creator of the universe, and He “became flesh” as the greatest communicator (and communication) ever on earth, and brought Light and Life. I’m not sure whether we have to have light in order to have life, or whether we have to have life in order to have light, but Jesus brought both, “in the fullness of time”. The awesome Creator God became personal, bringing life and light to individuals. Not everyone received God’s communication – His Word, but some did, and to them He gave the right/privilege of entering that communication like a child with a Father.
Father, I would not be able to know You if the Lord Jesus had not come as perfect communication from You. Thank You that He brought Life and Light! I love being alive and able to walk in the Light – understanding and delighting in YOU, and all that You have made. And not only to see with my physical eyes, but to understand eternal truth with the eyes of my heart! What a blessed reminder Christmas is of these glorious gifts! May I always choose to walk in the light, enjoying You, and using all my communication ability to bring others into a relationship of light and life with You also. Amen
(This is a devotional from earlier in this week from my friend and pastor of 47 yrs, David Niednagel)