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 was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.John 1:1–5, ESV
In the last article, I began to explain the thematic words in John, starting with life; in this article, we will continue to look at life and its close companion: light.
Life and light are closely associated. “the life was the light of men.” This phrase has the same grammatical construction as in John 1:1, where “the Word was God.” Just as the Word is one in essence with God, light is with life. You can distinguish between them but never separate them. They’re one inside of God almighty. He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust, giving light and life to every man and the world (Matthew 5:45). Jesus reinforces this connection between life and light in John 8:12 when He says: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The connection is also found in the Old Testament in Psalm 36:9: “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.”Continue reading “John 1:4b–5: Life and Light”