1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:1-5
This was the verse from our Bible study last night, talking about witnesses and understanding… John 1 goes on to give us the account of John the Baptist, how he came, according to prophecy, as a man preaching in the desert to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah. John 1 is an interesting chapter, you almost have to read it like poetry… it switches the meaning of words from verse to verse, depending on the context, and the more you can digest the more layers to the meaning you can find…
I especially like the way “light” is is used to describe a relationship with Jesus (“this life was the light of men“), and at the same time, also seems to describe the simple state of understanding, or comprehending, maybe even experiencing Him… then juxtaposes this against this idea of darkness that cannot understand… commentaries vary on the subject, are we discussing good and evil? understanding and ignorance? believers and non? No matter which school you lean to it’s still a powerful passage… The Word becoming flesh to walk among people who reject Him… The creator becoming part of his creation only to be disgraced by it because he is not understood…
As humans, we fear what we do not understand. We are fickle, selfish little things, and we try to disguise our fear and our ignorance. How many of us as children said school was boring, when really we were just having trouble understanding something? I don’t know how many (older) people I’ve heard say they hate cell phones when really they just don’t understand them. An old man once told me that the internet was just “a fad”, but later admitted he didn’t really know what it was…
1 Corinthians 1:18 says “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the very power of God!”. (..the light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot comprehend it...?)
Some people thought John was crazy, preaching in the desert and eating locusts, but to us who are being saved, he was the fulfillment of a prophecy.
A lot of people sayJesus was a man who had good teachings, and died on a Roman cross… but to us who have experienced, He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!
Do not let your pride get in the way of your understanding. When someone shouts “BEHOLD!!” don’t let your fear/pride say it’s foolishness or you may miss the greatest truth the world has ever known. A LOT of people think they have reached a certain mark on the path that tenures them in, and they’ve got it all figured out… any new ideas to them are foolishness… but if God is indeed making all things new, how foolish are we to scoff at what we do not understand!
The Challenge: read a book you disagree with and try to UNDERSTAND why it was written. Maybe you need to read the Bible for the first time with an OPEN mind, and realize that just maybe you have something more to learn.
The man who thinks he has nothing left to learn has already proven himself wrong.