Meditation thought: “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4
Jesus came that we might have not only a teacher, but an example. To hear about a subject is never as revealing as to observe the subject. A father may try and try to explain to a child what it is he would like the child to learn – but the child still may not comprehend. If the father can demonstrate – preferably in several areas, using several senses, the child then may understand. It is helpful, too, if the child knows that the father actually has done, or does the action he desires the child to take.
If the child is to learn, he needs to focus his attention on the father, however, and not be distracted by other things.
So, too, in Jesus we have our actual demonstration of the thinking and the character and the type of actions which God intends for his human creations to have.
Not only is the life of Jesus able to help us comprehend more fully what the Father intended us to be as His children, but – as a father may aid a child in his task – Jesus, too, by His Presence within us, aids us in our tasks.
Thus He is light in the sense of revealing, and light in the sense of changing something (as light changes plants).
Prayer: Lord Jesus I want You to be a great light to me – revealing that which has been hidden, and changing in me all that is alien to the Father’s character.
I know your work is cut out, and so is mine! I have many selfish desires, and often absent-mindedly overlook things I shouldn’t. But, I do realize that I need to change, and be changed, and you are the One who can help me! Thank you!
“Make me to know thy ways, O Lord, teach me thy paths. Lead me in the truth, and teach me, for thou art the God of my salvation, for thee I wait all the day long.” (Psalm 25:4-5)