November 29: Jesus: The True Light (John 1:9-13)
This Sunday Nik Lingle will continue the Christians and Culture series at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (ESV)
The four Sundays leading up to Christmas mark the Advent season, a time that the church celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. The incarnation (when God takes on flesh) is central to the Christian faith, and the opening of John's gospel provides the most detailed explanation in all of Scripture about the nature of this incarnation. This Sunday, we'll consider verses 9-13 (but especially v. 9), where John describes this event as "the true light" coming into the world. Jesus is the true light, and knowledge of him leads to knowledge of God. Read these verses giving thanks for the light that has come into the world, and the knowledge of God that is gained through him. What was your life like before the light of this knowledge?
Review and Apply
1. Why does John call Jesus the true light?
2. What does it mean that that he "gives light to everyone"?
3. Why do we tend to suppress or reject the knowledge of God that should be obvious to us in creation and even more obvious to us in the life of Jesus?
4. What was your life like before the light of this knowledge?
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