Daily Bread

Light And Life

Today words: John 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

“With you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” – Psalm 36:9

Psalm 36 speaks about light and life in the same breath. No wonder. Most creatures need light to live—if not directly, then at least indirectly. So light and life go together.

All light and all life have their source in God. In the Bible’s first creation story (Genesis 1), there is only darkness until God says, “Let there be light.” Under that light, life emerges. In the Bible’s final new-creation story (Revelation 22:1-5), there is no darkness but only God’s light and an ever-fruitful tree of life.

And then there is Jesus. Crucified on a tree of death, he is the light of the world. And that light is our life. Jesus says, “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

As I write this, the darkness of winter is approaching. But every winter, no matter how dark and gloomy, gives way to the light and life of spring. In the same way, by his death on the cross Jesus defeated darkness and death, and by his resurrection he shines the springtime light of God’s new creation over the horizon. We still have to wait a while. But the time is coming when there will be no darkness and no death—only light and life!


Thank you, Jesus, for dealing with darkness and death. Thank you for being our light and our life. Shine before us to lead the way. Amen.