IT’S ALL ABOUT PERSPECTIVE
By: Rev. Lalrosiem Songate
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:4-5)
The above passage gives us about the connection between life and light. And here it is talking about true life, life in all its fullness. It also talks about light, light in all its brightness and clarity. In other words it is about the life and light that is from Jesus Christ Himself.
Dead men do not see. But when a supposedly dead man comes back to life, he got up open his eyes and started looking around. He sees his surroundings and knows where he is. Life and light go together. A living body without an eye sight is a blind person and is abnormal. Many Christians are like blind people because we have life as a Christian but lack the spiritual perspective of life. We see and look at things from an unspiritual perspective.
The life that Jesus imparted to His believers also gives them spiritual insight. They no longer walk by sight but by faith (2 Cor. 5:7). They see beyond what the natural man sees and so they sometimes appear foolish in the sight of other people. The apostle Paul was termed as foolish by the Roman Governor Felix because he could not see what he saw with his spiritual sight.
What kind of Life is this?
This life is the life from God which we received at the time of regeneration. We thought we have life but our bodily life is not really life because it can die. Life that can die is not really life. True life cannot die, because life and death cannot co-exist. If you can die, it means you are not really alive. Death and Life are opposite to one another and therefore cannot mutually exist. Life is the absence of death and death is the absence of life. If there is death or the possibility of death in you, it means you are not truly alive. The life that we have through faith in Jesus Christ is the true life, because even if we die, we shall live again.
Where does this Life come from?
“In him was life…” takes us to the preceding verses starting from v.1. The term “Word” (the Greek word is Logos) is a term that represents the Greek’s concept for a divine being. By using the term Logos, John was in effect saying that what you have understood as a divine being was none other than Jesus himself. He was there in the beginning, not ‘from’ the beginning. It implies that he was already there in the beginning of creation. The two clauses, “was with God” and “was God” are very interesting and imply different aspects of Jesus Himself. The first one does not refer to geographical proximity but intimacy and it speaks of the intimate relationship between God the Father and God the Son. The second one defines the intensity of intimacy in that the Word (Jesus the Son) and God (the Father) are the same. Jesus Himself declared to the Jewish people that “I and the Father are one!” (John 10:30). This means here we need to incorporate the Trinitarian concept of the Godhead to give its proper meaning.
Everything was made through the Word. Gen 1 tells us that God says and it came into being. Jesus was the Word that God speaks and that brings creation into being. Jesus as the Word is the revelation of God and that is why Jesus said, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” (John 14:9).
It was this life of the Son of God that brings light to man. By this life man began to see things in its right perspectives.
“The light shines into darkness and the darkness apprehended it not.” This can be understood in two ways. Light comes but darkness cannot incorporate the light into its being. They are both totally incompatible. 2 Cor. 4:4 speaks of the children of darkness who are blinded by Satan. They are blind and therefore in the dark. Second, light comes and darkness cannot overcome it. They are two incompatible things, but light is always superior to darkness. Darkness is the absence of light. Wherever there is light darkness is driven away.
As Christians and believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have the life of Jesus in us. We will never die! Our body may die should the Lord tarries, but we will live again and we will live eternally with God in heaven. But while we live on the earth waiting for the coming of the Lord, we need to develop a true perspective of life. We can only have a true perspective of life if we allow ourselves to be changed by the new nature of the life of Christ within us.
May we all allow ourselves to be changed by the new life in us and see things in the right perspective!
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