Text: John 1:1-9 (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Key Verse: “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:9).
The period known as the Dark Age was between 500 and 1500 AD of the Christian era. The Roman Empire, with its flourishing civilization, had fallen, plundered and pauperised by the hordes of Barbarians that overran Rome. Bereft of the light that the great Roman culture offered, the world slid into centuries of degradation, disease and depression. Historians agree that the era was a difficult one characterised by famine, plagues, conflicts and general distress.
But, according to the Bible passage today, the whole of mankind suffered a worse condition: spiritual darkness beyond that of the Dark Age, which was only of a physical dimension. This darksome state was leading humanity to eternal perdition until Jesus Christ stepped in to bring in His redeeming light.
As the presence of light dismisses darkness and all its evil practices and effects, so the advent of Jesus into the world has proved a solution to the burden of sin in those who embrace Him as their Lord and Saviour. If you have been plagued by sin-inflicted afflictions, the solution is His Light. If you are weighed down by guilt because of alienation from God through your sin, the answer is Jesus. If heaven is shut and showers of blessings are held back, Jesus holds the key to reopen heaven. If communal unrest, socioeconomic and political challenges threaten to overwhelm the society, let the people turn to Jesus. He is the Prince of peace. He will still the storms.
All the philosophy, science and technology, political and economic theories man has since thrown at his problems without humbly settling for Christ’s light have pushed him deeper and deeper into darkness. The wise must go to the Light-Bearer for deliverance from the power and plague of darkness.
Thought For The Day: Christ’s light dispels darkness here on earth and leads the way to heaven.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.