Devo Day 1: Jesus is Life and Light
Read 1 John 1
1 John was written by John, son of Zebedee, no later than the 90s A.D. He wrote in Ephesus for the church of Ephesus and the churches in surrounding cities. This first chapter in 1 John focuses on the identity of Jesus. It uses terms like “life” and “light.” A lot of the terminology we see here, we also see in John 1:1-5.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Here we see Jesus being described as well. Jesus is a person of the hypostatic trinity. The trinity is homoousios; Jesus is of the same substance as God. This means he is one with God. He eternal; he has no beginning and no end. Through him, all things were made. He is immutable. It talks about in the book of Hebrews that Jesus will never change, and his years will never end. He created everything including life from nothing, creatio ex nihilo. We are made in his image, which means we have some of his attributes. We create as he does, but we cannot create from nothing. Everything was created through Christ. This includes community.
Love and community are also descriptions of God. As said before, God is one in three persons. He does not need us, but he wants us. He is a missional God and his mission is to reconcile all things back to Christ so that we can live in community with us. He relentlessly pursues us. That is demonstrated by Jesus being God incarnate. Jesus came in the humblest of beginnings, a baby born in a manger. Jesus is fully God, but he is also fully human. We have seen and touched as John points out. Because of his love and sacrifice, we can have true joy. Joy is not temporal or dependent on circumstances. We have joy because Christ came and died so that we can live in community with him and fellow believers.
God is light. In the Old Testament, the word “light” symbolizes knowledge and purity. God is knowledge. He is truth. He is also pure. There is no darkness in him. We have to remember this when life doesn’t seem to go our way. It is because of a fallen world and free will that we have troubles. God is all good all the time.
For this reason, in order to have a relationship with him, we need to be walking in the light. Sin and darkness separate us from God. In the same way, light and darkness cannot occupy the same space. We need to practice truth. No matter how far off you have gone, there is always healing. Remember, light expels darkness. Darkness trembles at the name of Christ.
How do we get that light? Well, Scripture tells us that we must confess our sins. Jesus is faithful and will forgives our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Don’t let the shame of sin prevent you from having a new life. In Romans, it says that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. If we say we have not, we are calling God a liar. We are imperfect, but we are perfectly loved.