He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. – Isaiah 53:3-7

LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is the light that shined in darkness which the darkness could not withstand.

In our careful analysis of this subject, we have come to understand what Genesis 1:3 entails and we are now on the trajectory of unbundling the previous verses with the understanding of verse 3. Recall, from John 8:12 that the light is the light of life or life is in the light and from 2Corinthians 4:6, the light shines in the heart of men which is salvation by implication. Now in John 1, John says that life was in him (that is, Jesus who is described as the word in context of John 1) and this life was the light of men which obviously means salvation. In other words;

  • The word is a person
  • Life is in that person (the word) which in other words implies that life is a person
  • Light (which is salvation) is in that person and thus, light is a person.

So, when he now says in verse 5 that the light shined in darkness and the darkness could not withstand it; that will not be a literal light (like the bulb or sun light/moon light) shining in a literal darkness (like night, that is, the absent of sunlight or moonlight). Why is this so? It is so because we have seen in context that the light is in a person or the light is a person and this person is the light of men which implies salvation (verse 4). So “the light shineth in darkness…” will be salvation; that is, Christ (the light) in the heart of men. So darkness (in verse 5) will be descriptive of men without the light or men in the state of sin. Notice, this light shines in darkness and the darkness could not withstand it, which means when Christ enters into the heart of a man (man in darkness), his status changes from darkness to light, and this is salvation. So, darkness here was descriptive of men without the light or men in the state of sin and this thus, will reveal to us that when darkness was used in Genesis 1:2, it was descriptive or used figuratively for men. So, the light shineth in darkness and the darkness could not withstand it is salvation. So, “light be” in Genesis 1:3 is the same as saying “And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness could not withstand it” (John 1:5). Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION:God’s thought has been communicated in written form, so know the written word.

Prayer: Father, I declare that my zeal and desire to know your word increases in me like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen

QUOTE: The person of Jesus is the person of the word, the person of light and the person of life.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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