The Word of Life
[I am writing about] what existed from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life [the One who existed even before the beginning of the world, Christ]— and the Life [an aspect of His being] was manifested, and we have seen [it as eyewitnesses] and testify and declare to you [the Life], the eternal Life who was [already existing] with the Father and was [actually] made visible to us [His followers]— what we have seen and heard we also proclaim to you, so that you too may have fellowship [as partners] with us. And indeed our fellowship [which is a distinguishing mark of born-again believers] is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things to you so that our joy [in seeing you included] may be made complete [by having you share in the joy of salvation].
Walking in the Light (God is Light)
This is the message [of God’s promised revelation] which we have heard from Him and now announce to you, that God is Light [He is holy, His message is truthful, He is perfect in righteousness], and in Him there is no darkness at all [no sin, no wickedness, no imperfection]. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness [of sin], we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we [really] walk in the Light [that is, live each and every day in conformity with the precepts of God], as He Himself is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another [He with us, and we with Him], and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin [by erasing the stain of sin, keeping us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations]. If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude ourselves and the truth is not in us. [His word does not live in our hearts.] If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose]. If we say that we have not sinned [refusing to admit acts of sin], we make Him [out to be] a liar [by contradicting Him] and His word is not in us. 1 John 1 AMP
I wrote about the light, yesterday. And it looks like I will continue the theme, today! I love talking about the light…probably because I like talking about God’s Word…and the Word, Himself, who is Jesus.
God – Light – Jesus – Word – Truth – Obedience – Love – Forgiveness – Life
These themes are continuously interwoven throughout God’s Word. If you want to be enlightened – to know Truth – you need only to look into the Word of God.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105
We spend so much time searching for meaning and healing and enlightenment. What is my story? What is my purpose? What is my reality? What is my truth?
It’s what I searched for, for years! I had met Jesus when I was twelve. I had heard from the Holy Spirit that I needed to accept Christ as my Savior…so, I did. I learned so much about Him over the next year, but then began to drift away as I got caught up in the things of the world.
After leaving Him, there was a void that I could never seem to fill. I looked into many different belief systems, hoping to find my true self and my purpose. Those other things would work for awhile, but then I would begin to feel empty, again.
This went on until I was introduced to the Left Behind series. I won’t get into whether I believe that is the way the end times will go, or not. I will, however, say that it did the trick as far as getting my attention and making me reconsider a relationship that I had long since abandoned.
I’d like to say that I came running back to the arms of Jesus, right away…but it was actually another two and a half years before I recommitted my life to Christ. As I began actually reading the Word, and getting to know my Savior, I was amazed by this King – who stepped down from His throne – to save a wretch like me. None of the other gods I looked into did anything like that for me. The “universe” couldn’t save me. I couldn’t even save myself!
But Jesus…the Word…the Light…the Savior.
Photo: “Her Choice” by Diana Moses Botkin
He saved me. He cleansed me and filled me. Healed me and gave my life meaning and purpose. I once felt invisible and worthless, but He changed all of that. I now know that I am seen and valued. My worth is found in Jesus Christ. The One that paid the debt (which is death) that I owed. And because of Jesus, I am now seated in Him at the right hand of the Father. I can now experience God’s mercy and kindness and grace because I am in Christ. I’m not alone, anymore! I belong…and I am loved. If you belong to Jesus, you can declare the same thing, too!
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:1-10
The stumbling blocks that I was unable to see in the darkness have been exposed by the light. And for that, I am so very grateful. I don’t have to live in the dark, anymore. The Light has come. And the more time I spend in the Word, the brighter that light becomes. I want to be so deep in the light, that it becomes the only thing I see. Imagine living life like that!
I have been attending one of the other churches within our network, so I have missed the last two Sundays on our main campus. This morning, I listened to the sermon I missed from last Sunday, which is about knowing Christ and walking in the light (I had no idea what the new sermon series was about when I wrote yesterday’s post). I figure if it was on my heart, as well as my pastor’s, then it is definitely worth sharing. Here is the message from Pastor Mike Hilson of New Life Church, LaPlata, MD:
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