In Him Was Life.
I stared at those words for some time. They are found in John 1:4. The entire verse reads like this: “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.”
I had read them at least 100 times before! This time, they hit me with new power.
I was starting a new season of devotional work in John’s Gospel. I was pretty sure LIFE was going to be a major theme. I was right! John uses the word life 41 times. In the Bible only Proverbs (45) and Psalms (65) use the word life more often than John.
The most important verse is John 10:10. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
Other translation say have it abundantly. The New Living Translation describes it as “a rich and satisfying life.” The Message says it best of all: “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
Real. More. Better. Eternal.
That is life and a lot of it!
Jesus is LIFE.
If you want life, then you have to have JESUS. Jesus can’t give you life without giving you himself.
If you want happiness, then you have to have JESUS. Jesus can’t give you happiness without giving you himself.
If you want love, truth, beauty, and goodness, then you have to have JESUS. For everything that is lively is in Jesus.
That is why I never get tired of pointing people to Jesus. In him was life. Real life. More life. Better life. Eternal life.
Having the ability to empower and resource leaders to bear much fruit that lasts. Being a part of a team of friends and missional servants committed to changing the world.