• Matt Beaney

#508 (22/12/21) THE TRUE LIGHT THAT GIVES LIGHT



This week’s devotions are based upon Sunday's message from John 1:1-14

‘There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.’ (John 1:6-9)

THE TRUE LIGHT

Jesus is ‘the true light’. There are many false lights. Many things offer temporary joy and relief. However, Jesus is the true light. No one else reconciles us to God and gives eternal life and the true purpose for which we were created.


WE CAN BE A LIGHT

John the Baptist, witnessed to Jesus. He prepared the way for Him. Like John, we can all be a light, the church is called to be a light, but Jesus is the light - He’s our message.


JESUS GIVES LIGHT TO EVERYONE

Jesus is ‘The true light that gives light to everyone’.

Firstly, Regardless of one's response, Jesus gives light to everyone - Jesus reveals God and the way of salvation to everyone, regardless of response.

Secondly, if we do receive Jesus we are given light: those who receive Jesus know salvation and God in a new way. David wrote,

‘For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.’ (Psalm 36:9)


May each of us make the time to spend time in the light of Christ. Light fills our hearts in His presence. Problems are put into perspective in the truth of His word. Over this Christmas period, may we give quality time to setting our hearts and minds on Jesus.


OVER TO YOU - PRAY AND WORSHIP OUT OF THE BIBLE

I’ve made a few comments. However, it’s more important that you engage with the text yourself. Take a moment to pray and listen to God’s voice out of today’s text.

‘There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.’ (John 1:6-9)

I find it helpful to use the following questions which are based upon The Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13).


1. Praise - What does this text teach me about God? What can I praise Him for?

2. Petitions - What does this teach me about His will for me and others? What could I pray for from this text? This is a good time to pray for our non-believing. friends. It’s good to ask, Is the Holy Spirit leading me in any specific response?

3. Peace-making - Is the Holy Spirit convicting me of sin for which I need forgiveness? Do I need to forgive others?

4. Protection - Ask for God’s protection generally and for any specific areas of vulnerability. Am I believing lies regarding the truths in this text?

 

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