Today I opened my Bible app on my phone and read whichever the last passage was that I had been studying: John 1. It’s interesting that I hadn’t ever seen this before. But allow my to paraphrase the first verses.
In the beginning was God, and God was with God, and God was God. God was in the beginning with Himself. All things were made by God and without God was not anything made that was made. In God was life and the life was the light of men.
All I did was state with absolute certainty that the Word was God Himself. In the beginning was God and God alone. God was in trinity, but He was entirely God. God is life and that life is the light of men. But then God sent a man named John who was not that light.
Think about this: John was sent to bear witness of the light in a dark world. He had never seen the light, nor had anyone else on earth. How difficult must it have been to bear witness of something you’ve only ever heard of. Try explaining light to a blind person. That is the size of the task given to John. After all, he wasn’t the light, but preceded the light into the darkness. John himself could not see, because the light was behind him; he was the forerunner.
It’s no wonder that Jesus says there is none like John. John was possibly the greatest prophet other than Jesus Himself in the scriptures. Not because of who he was, but because none of the others were told to preach of the light that comes into the darkness: not to the extent that John was.
If John could preach about something he had not witnessed and couldn’t fathom himself, how difficult is it for me to preach a Savior I can see? Because of John and Jesus Christ, I see the light of God. John didn’t have what I have today and he was one of the greatest prophets in history. What can I do with the light I can see?
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist