New International Version (NIV)
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 all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
Our family had the pleasure of attending a wedding Saturday night of a young couple that was actually already married! Clay and Amber were married last May in San Diego after he graduated as a U.S. Navy Seal. We all had been looking forward to attending their wedding, but understood why they committed themselves to each other in a civil ceremony before he was deployed. We were excited to hear that they also planned a wedding ceremony in Austin this Christmas so that we could celebrate with them! Pastor Kevin reminded us during his message that being married before God was very important to them, so they and their families included the rest of us. It was important for them to be reminded where love comes from, that they are children of God first, created by Him, accountable to Him, and secondly committed to each other.
In John 1:1-5, John reminds us where we come from – where love comes from. EVERYTHING began with God. We only exist because God made us. This scripture also talks about the “light of all mankind”, Jesus, who loved us so much that he sacrificed his life and rose again and conquered “the darkness”. Jesus’ light shines into our lives so that darkness can no longer rule. Thank you Jesus!
Heavenly Father, thank you for this world, and for my life. Please send your Holy Spirit to remind me daily that, because of you, I live in the light, not the darkness. You created everything, and your Son conquered the darkness, to give life to mankind. Give me boldness to declare these truths to the people in my life. Amen.