Day 21 Sacred Season
DAY 21. 29th June In the beginning , John 1:1-5;
Rev Prof James Haire AC Past President of the Uniting Church
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (Jn 1:1, 4-5NIV)
Basis of Union Paragraph 3. The Church as the fellowship of the Holy Spirit confesses Jesus as Lord over its own life; it also confesses that Jesus is Head over all things, the beginning of a new creation, of a new humanity.
Creation began with the light coming out of the darkness. In the Gospel according to John, Jesus comes as the fulfilment of that light which came at the beginning. Jesus is the true light, which lightens up every person who comes into the light. The darkness is always there, but, as the Gospel according to John tells us, the darkness is never able to overcome the light. The Greek word which we translate as âovercomeâ actually means two things: one âovercomeâ or âput outâ, and two âunderstandâ. So the darkness of the world never totally understands the presence of Christ the Light. So also the darkness of the world is never able completely to overcome Christ the Light and put him out.
The truth is that Christ the Light will always be at the centre of our world, whether we like it or not, and whether we follow him or not. This is the truth, and the good news from God about this world. It was arranged by God in this way from the beginning.
So, when we gather together as followers of Christ this Light, all we are asked to do is in all kinds of ways to praise the wonder of the Light entering our world, and to realise that this Christ the Light will never be put down or put out. What we have to do is quite straight-forward and quite limited. We simply are called by Christ the Light of this dark world to praise him, to love him, to follow him in all that we do, and never to be afraid of what the darkness of the world might do to us. This Christ the Light will be there for us forever. In particular, we are never to let the darkness of the world set our personal agenda, or the agenda of the gathered Christian community, the church in assembly, by making us feel that we need to follow that dark agenda or are somehow inadequate if we do not follow that dark agenda.
Rather, the very centre of our personal and church life is to be Christ the Light, the true Light of the world.
Almighty and Loving God, in Jesus Christ you have given us light for the world, the fulfilment of the light which first came at creation. The darkness of our world will never overcome or put out that light in Jesus, even though that darkness often does not understand him. Keep us in that Light. Let that Light, and not any darkness of this world, be our sole agenda as we gather in this Assembly of the people of the Light.
Pray for: a) Unitingworld partner – Evangelical Christian Church in Halmahera
b) Church polity reference committee