I Saw The Light

I saw the Light, I saw the Light,

No more in darkness, no more in night.

Now I’m so happy, no sorrow’s in sight.

Praise the Lord, I saw the Light.

We have been reading the gospel of John for a while, so we’re about the the end of the story. But the season is Advent, celebrating the beginning of the story.

One thing about John, he doesn’t begin the story where his buddies Matthew and Luke do. Matthew begins right off with a Jewish genealogy. Luke gets around to a (different) genealogy, but he tells a story. It’s a story of the Spirit of God working in a number of rather ordinary people that culminates in the manger scene with the birth of a boy.

John puts it in grand philosophical scheme, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

A few sentences later, “The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.”

When Jesus was offering a pastoral prayer to his followers just before he goes out to face his enemies, he uses some of the same terminology about being in the world and not in the world.

Here we also learn about the meaning of his coming–to glorify his Father by dying and then resurrecting.

But the beginning of the story, Advent, talks about the coming of the Light–the Light that is meant for everyone. It’s not only for people that look like me. It’s everyone. As in–everyone.

When Jesus followers do things to divide into various groupings that tend to shut others out, I grieve. And I’m sure that Jesus grieves, as well.

When we see the light, the only response possible is to pass the light on. That’s the beginning and the end.

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