Christmas Day II

The Light Shines in the Darkness

Genesis 1: 1 - 5

John 1: 1 - 14

The very first day of creation, God said, "Let there be light," days before he created the sun and the moon and the stars.

It is this light, the very first light of creation, that John the evangelist sees as the light of Jesus.

When God chose to create, he used words - he didn't point or snap his fingers - he spoke. And he continued to speak in words, inspiring prophets and writers to write down the scriptures.

It is this use of language, of words, that John sees as the Word of God, as Jesus.

When John talks about the Word and the Light, Christians believe that he is talking about Jesus, who was with God from the beginning of creation, long before he was born on earth.

The John that he speaks about as pointing to the light of Jesus is the man we know as John the Baptist, or the Baptizer.


1. Who was present with God at the creation?

[The Word was present with God at creation.]

2. Where does the light keep shining?

[The light keeps shining in the dark, and darkness has never put it out.]

3. What did John come into the world to do?

[John came into the world to tell about the light.]

4. What right did God give those who believed in him?

[God gave them the right to be the children of God.]

5. What do we receive from the Word of God?

[From him we receive all the kindness and all the truth of God.]


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