In him was life John 1:4
Earlier this week I was out on an end of year school picnic and we had to call an ambulance because one of my students dislocated his thumb. It was ugly looking and he was in a lot of pain. While we waited for the ambulance we did what we could to keep him calm but we couldn't take the pain away. We were pleased to see the ambo when he arrived. He gave us hope that we could help our student who wasn't having a very fun time.
John speaks into our world of death and hopelessness. We desperately look around trying to find different ways to help ourselves, but ultimately we can't solve the big problems of life ourselves. John has already introduced us to 'The Word' and shown us that it was through the Word that the world was created. Now he emphatically states that in him was LIFE.
Like when the ambo arrived, I shout a silent hurrah. There is hope. There is now someone on the scene who looks like they have power over the thing we fear most. Death. They offer LIFE. Once again John goes for the big stuff. .
John explains later why he wrote his account of Jesus' life. So that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah [saviour], the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (John 20:31).
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