TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1
“All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men…He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him.”
John 1:3-4, 10 (ESV)
LIFE GIVING LIGHT
Tom Long shared a story about a Rabbi Hugo Grynn, who was sent to Auschwitz as a little boy. In the midst of the concentration camp, in the midst of the death and horror all around them, many Jews held onto whatever shreds of their religious observances they could, without drawing the ire of the guards. One cold winter’s evening, Hugo’s father gathered the family in the barracks. It was the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish Feast of Lights.
The young child watched in horror as his father took the family’s last pad of butter and made a makeshift candle, using a string from his ragged clothes. He then took a match and lit the candle. “Father, no!” Hugo cried. “That butter is our last bit of food! How will we survive?” “We can live for many days without food,” his father said. “We cannot live a single minute without faith and hope. This is the fire of hope. Never let it go out. Not here! Not anywhere!”
John’s gospel teaches us that we cannot live a single moment without Jesus. John 1:3 teaches us that physically nothing was even made without Jesus’ work. Nothing has life without Jesus. But more importantly Jesus came to give us spiritual life. Without Jesus, we are dead and in darkness. We are lost.
Do you remember the last time you were afraid of the dark? Significantly, man has an inborn fear towards both death and darkness. Jesus is the light and the solution to our fear of both. Is there any spiritual darkness you are currently living in fear of? Remember Jesus wants to shine a light in that situation.