SHINING BRIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS, Week 1, John 1:1-5, Dr. With

SHINING BRIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS:  (Click title to download message or click above to listen)  Shine Bright this Christmas Logo.001 (1)The Thriving Light, Week 1   John 1:1-5

For December 13th, 20th and 24th, I hope to bring three messages about Shining Bright. This is a theme that God has placed on my heart and I am excited to talk about the Light and how we can have it Shine Bright in our lives this Christmas season and always.   

Now some of you are probably confused.   What ‘shining’ is Steve referring to…

You have heard of Shining?

  • Shine Bright like The Shining with Jack Nicholson & Shelley Duvall…Here’s Johnny!!
  • Diamonds Rihanna says ‘Shine Bright Like a Diamond’ 38 times in the song!
  • We have seen Shining Houses.  Remember this one…

No these are not what I am referring to, rather I am talking about what Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 9:2:

2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness,  a light will shine. Isaiah 9:2

But still some are asking tough questions this advent season,

A. Darkness Seems to Be Gaining Ground

  1. Is Darkness Winning?

a.  The darkness seems to be striking back at the light all over the globe.  You probably don’t need reminders from me, but the violence, abuse, war, seems to be growing like crazy.  This causes fear, doubt, and confusing.  It seems that that Darkness is winning

  2. The Spirit of the age Seems to be Negative and Dark

     a. I can’t even watch the news most of the time.  Something is always negative and brutal.

b. We are moving fast in the direction of our culture.

  3. The darkness is the world of evil and unbelief and death and judgment.

19 …God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. John 3:19

B. Light Thrives over Darkness

Okay so there is a lot of darkness and I think we are seeing a lot these days.   

However, after all this bad news, I have some good news…

John 1:1-5. The light shines in the darkness—Jesus shines, the gospel shines, the church shines—and the darkness will not overcome it.

But why is this the case? Why does darkness not overcome the light? How can we be sure that light will go on and completely overcome the darkness? This is what verses 1–4 are written to answer. They give three reasons why the light will triumph over the darkness. So let’s focus for a moment on the conflict of light and dark in verse 5 and then look at the three reasons in verses 1–4 why light will win. 

So we are going to go backwards with this passage of Scripture, but it makes sense…trust me!

First let’s read John 1:1-5,

1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:1-5

  1. Jesus is the one who Shines in Darkness

a. When John says in verse 5 that “the light shines in the darkness,” he means that the Word has become flesh.

    b. Jesus has come into a dark world and is the light of the world.

Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.” John 8:12

Also later in John chapter 1, Jesus explains the light…

9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.  John 1:9-11

So it’s plain that Jesus is the one spoken of. He is the light in verse 5. He is the one who shines in the darkness.

  2. Christ Followers have passed from darkness to light.

    a. Who wants to live in Darkness?

(Ever live in Seattle in the winter…that’s dark.  This time of an hour earlier or so…that’s why all the best coffee comes from up there…you need caffeine!!   Seattle’s Best or Starbucks?)

    b. The light of the world has entered into the darkness of evil and unbelief and lostness and death, and this darkness does not overcome Jesus. Now that makes a tremendous difference to those of us who believe in Jesus.

Jesus says…46 I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark. John 12:46

36 Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light. John 12:36

When you believe in Jesus, not only do you leave the darkness and enter the light; you actually join the family of the light—you become children of the light. Paul said,

8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!

Ephesians 5:8

So it makes a tremendous difference to us if the light thrives, or the darkness overcomes it.   And that’s what verse 5 makes clear: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”

The light will triumph and that means Jesus will triumph and all those who believe in him, the children of the light, will triumph. We need to hear this today in America, because darkness is gaining ground on numerous fronts in our land.

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C. So…How Can We Be Sure of Light’s Thriving?

John gives three reasons. 

1. The Light Is the Son of God (v4)

First, consider verse 4: “4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.”

a. This means that the light that shines in the darkness is the light of Life

    i. The Word Gave Life to Everything!

    ii. The Word Gave Light to Everyone!

12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12

b. The life of the Son is the light of the world. The first reason the light will triumph over the darkness is that it is life. It is living light.

c. The life of the Son of God is the light that shines in the darkness (which is what verse 4 says), then there are at least four things we can say about this light.

First, the light gave life to everything that was created.

Second, the light of life has purpose and motion. It is alive with the life of the Son.

Third, the light of life grows and expands. That is the way the life of the Son of God is. His life is a fountain of life:

9 For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see. Psalm 36:9

D. the light of life begets offspring.

John 12:36, “36 Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.”

The light that shines in the world today is the very life of the Son of God.  To which someone might say, “So what? Maybe the powers of darkness are just as strong as his life?” That leads us to the second reason we can be sure the darkness will not overcome the light.

2. The Light is the Creator of All Things (v3)

It’s given in verse 3: 

3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. John 1:3

So the point is this: 

a. the life that shines in the darkness is the life of none other than the One through whom all things were made. The life that shines in the light is the life of the Creator. 

b. The light is the light that Shines so bright at Christmas.  It is the light that led the Wise men to him.

2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:2 (see Matt 2:9-11)

The bright shining light of Jesus draws everyone back to him.  It is the most powerful light in the universe.

9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! 11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:9-11

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.  Even to wise men in foreign lands

3. This Lig Is God (v1-2)

1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. John 1:1-2

That leaves one last reason for why we can be sure that the light will not be overcome by the darkness. Not only is the light a living light, and not only is the life of this light the life of God’s Word through whom he created all things, but this Word, this life, this light, IS GOD! And God Almighty cannot be overcome.

Verse 1: “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

a. ”The Word was with God” means that they are distinct Persons and can fellowship with one another.

b. “the Word was God” means that they are one God, not two. We hold fast to the biblical mystery: God the Father and God the Son have such a unity that they are one God not two, and such a distinction that they are two Persons not one.

c. “He existed in the Beginning with God”: The Light has always Been!

The practical point is this: the light cannot be overcome by the darkness because

the light is alive—it’s the light of life; and

through this life—this living Word—all things were made; and

this living Word is God.  Let’s worship our Shining Light.  Let’s worship our Savior God. 

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 anything made that was made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

How Can We Be Sure of Light’s Thriving?

The Light is the Son of God, the Light Creator of Everything and the Light Is God!

Christ has overcome the darkness (Jo 16:33). “Put your trust in the light, you will become children of the light.”(Jo 12:36). Take the offensive this season. Raid the darkness. It cannot overcome the children of the light.

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12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”  John 8:12

1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:1-5

14 You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:14-15

7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:7

19 Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. 2 Peter 1:19

8 For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining. 1 John 2:8

36 If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light. Luke 11:36

15 Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Philippians 2:15

2 Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him. Matthew 2:2