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FIRST UMC – NEBRASKA CITY
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SUNDAY JANUARY 5TH 2020
TEXTS: JOHN 1: 1 – 14
THEME: THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
We just concluded the year 2019 and now we are in the territory of 2020. We do not what await us on this New year in terms of challenges and blessing but there is one thing we know and that God is going to walk with us. Ours is to reach out for his hand and ask him to hold us not matter what comes our way. Families make promises of the churches they will make to improve the families’ expectation. Others have promised how they will take better care of their health and the list can continue. But today as people of faith we gathered to affirm what we promised God the day we turn our lives to him. Today was just a reminder of what we should be doing this year and the years to come as we continue to live on this world. Today we affirm to God and his people the following among other things in the covenant we made:
- God to make us what he wills
- To be God’s servant
- Accept God as Lord and head
- Put our neck under his yoke
The writer of John reminds us that Logos or word was not created but existed before creation. Logos which in in Greek that where we get words like logic. Logos is the second person in the trinity which would imply that it was Jesus. Logos can also be translated, speech, principle or thought. The word is alive and has power.
Each of the four gospels is identified with a certain emblem: St. Matthew is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Mark is the man. The son of man. Luke is the ox the animal of service. John is the eagle. The one creature that can look straight into the sun and not be dazzled. The gospel of John then gazes into the eternal mysteries and eternal truth and very mind of God.
- Once the word goes out it can be returned. When Isaac blessed Jacob instead of Esau he could not take the blessing back.
- By the word God created the world. “And God said, Let there be light and there was light……Let there be expanse” (Genesis 1:3ff).
- When the word of God goes out it accomplishes what it was meant to do. “So is my word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return empty; it will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11).
Jesus as the light of the worlds transforms our lives in many aspects. Because of Jesus the light of the world we learn the following truths:
- The light overcome ignorance: The light overcome the darkness of ignorance. When the light of Jesus comes upon people, they know what it means to love, seek justice, serve others, commit to the good of the world. People are informed by this light. This light brings order. It takes away the chaos of the out. “And God said, Let there be light, and there was light. God saw that the light was good and separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day and the darkness he called night.” Genesis 1:3-5). The light takes away the darkness for darkness cannot extinguish light not matter how small the light might be.
- The light exposes evil: The of Jesus revels all the hidden things. The light exposes all human deeds. “This is the verdict Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God” (John 3: -21).
- The light comforts and dispel fear: Jesus bring the light that brings comfort to the grieving families. Jesus light takes away the fear that comes when in the darkness. We know that we Jesus light all shall be well. It due the light of Jesus that we can face the world where there so many challenges. Jesus become the source of comfort