Jesus in the Gospels (2)

The Light:

“In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” John 1:4, NIV. John, when referring to the life of Jesus, used the Greek noun “Zoe” and made it the central subject in his account of the Good News, Jesus Christ. Jesus came to this world to give to the fallen humankind His indestructible life, the “Zoe”. The yielded believers have the “Zoe” here and now by trusting Jesus and having faith in God. “’ I tell you the truth, whoever hears my words and believes in him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.'” John 5:24, NIV. The “Zoe”, the eternal life of Jesus Christ, is not our biological life, but our new Spirit, given to us at the incarnation. “‘ The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are life.” John 6:63, NIV.

Jesus came to this world with a new spirit, the new life for humankind. The Spirit God gave to humanity, in the first man Adam, sinned in the garden of Eden, and it had to die the eternal death, no way out. Jesus Christ is our life now. He is the life-giving representative of the new humankind God created in Jesus Christ. “So it is written: ‘The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.” 2 Corinthians 15:45, NIV. The “life-giving spirit,” Jesus Christ, is also “the light of men.” Because of sin in the garden of Eden, the first or old, humankind could not see God as a God who loves them. The sin caused the darkness between sinful humanity and God. The sinful humankind lost the true knowledge of God.

Jesus came to dispel the darkness and reveal the true nature of God, the Creator. “See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the people, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” Isaiah 60:2, NIV. Jesus, as the exact and complete representation of God the Father, illuminated the dark world with the full glory of God, His selfless love. As long as the time endures, the Cross of Christ will remain the most significant witness that God is love. Because God is with us forever, there shall never be darkness again. 1 John 1:5. The Light with us gives us a firm assurance that the “Zoe,” the eternal life of Jesus Christ, is ours here and now and forever. 1 John 5:11, 12. The yielded believers are in the Light, Jesus Christ, and, therefore, have freedom. They always reflect the glory of the Lord, His selfless love, and are being transformed into His likeness. 2 Corinthians 3:17, 18.

The Light, the eternal life of the new humankind God created in Jesus Christ, shone bright, but the dark world did not recognize it as the promised Savior. “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.” John 1:11, NIV. Even though the people of His day did not receive Him, nevertheless, Jesus Christ gave an unmerited and incomprehensible gift to God’s enemies, sinners. Romans 5:10. “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:12, 13, NIV. Also, as the children of God, we have the full right of inheritance in God’s Dominion. However, His love did not end with this gift but added much more. “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.” John 1:16, NIV. 

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Dan Lazich

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