The Word Became Flesh
I vaguely remember the first time I read this verse, I think it was back in the devotional that taught me the gift of Salvation where they instructed us to just replace the word, 'Word', with Jesus and it made this verse so much more understandable :P hehe In my NLT version, this section is titled, Christ, the Eternal Word, and I had always found it strange that Jesus would be referred to as the Word...but after studying Genesis in BSF, I see why Jesus would be called the Word because as verse 3 states, Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
With mere words, Jesus created the sun, the moon, and the stars...the earth, sea, land, animans, and us. His word is THAT powerful...it has the power to create...the power to drive out demons and at the same time, create miracles.
Everyone who knows me well knows that my favourite metaphor for Christ is light. And one of the sole reasons why I love the symbolism of light is that it shines and reveals darkness. Jesus came and gave us light...he showed us love...he demonstrated it on the cross. But many do not understand the significance of the sacrifice that he made. Just as John states, he shone...he radiated throughout the world...but few understood...and many rejected.
6There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
I think verse 7 not only talks about John, but also us as born again witnesses of Christ. We are called just to do what John was called to do. We are sent from God as witnesses to testify Christ. We also testify of his coming like John did except now it is Christ's second coming. Verse 8 states that John himself was that the light, just as we ourselves cannot save the world. We are witnesses so that Christ's light, love, and salvation may be testified to everyone.
Alright, it's really late now but I just had to do this before I went to bed! Satan has pushed me to put it off enough so I wasn't letting him have it this time! Yay I love realizing new things in passages that I've read over all my life...hehe it's awesome. Okay off to bed!