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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. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God] who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

There’s fiction, non-fiction, true, false, genuine and fake. The Apostle John, (the longest living disciple to be with Jesus) is talking about truth, a reality, a point in time, an historical event in his gospel testimony. He testified the Light of God had come to earth. There are many lights, but Jesus is the only true light. Too bright to behold, he curtained himself in human flesh. Like the light on the face of Moses beneath a veil, and the Shekinah beneath the folds of the tabernacle, the light of God revealed himself to men. God passed the light of himself to us through Jesus Christ, who came to tent among us. John’s passion in writing is to pass on his life- changing experience with the Light and the witness of the other disciples, including John the Baptist.

John grows from one of the young “Sons of Thunder” fishermen (Mark 3:17), to a gracious church elder persecuted for his faith on the island of Patmos. He had the unique and privileged opportunity of having a close personal relationship with Jesus. Jesus himself said, “And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning” (John 15:27). In John 19:35, John writes about himself after Jesus’ crucifixion, “He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe” and again in John 21:24, “This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.” The light John is passing on is no second-hand tale, no moral platitude, but the fellowship he had seen, heard, touched and experienced himself for so many years.

To the beloved apostle John, the passing on of the light becomes the fellowship of the light. Fellowship with the light of God is a theme John writes about not only to be enjoyed now on earth but for eternity (Revelation 21-22). The light can be in men (John 11:10) so they can become children of the light, “While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light “(John 12:36). John could not have lived such a devoted life of discipleship, love and compassion, service and mission unless he had been in the light of God and the light of God had been in him. Who was the one who passed on the Light of God to you? You can be sure you have the Light if you believe in your heart (John 3:16, Romans 10:9) and confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord (Acts 16:31, 1 John 1:9). Praise God for the Light in you. It’s in the ordinary, everyday things of life that we can show that we have the Light of God in us. Today chose someone, if you haven’t already, to pass on the Light to.

Acts 26:16-19:  16 But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, 17 delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you 18 to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ [/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text]

By Donna Burns  

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