We're all familiar with the traditions relating to the Wise Men. For
instance, for some reason we've decided there were three of them. The Bible
doesn't say that, but it does say there were three kinds of gifts given. Other
traditions have developed as to how they found out what was going on, and what
the star was that purportedly they saw.
We can say that when those wise men saw the star, they followed it to
its logical saw the light. You could also say there were far
more people who saw the same light and didn't follow it than those who did see
it and follow it.
The light that Christ has shown our world has resulted in many people seeing
and following it, but there are many who have seen the same truth but have
declined to follow through.
The sun shines on everybody. If you want to you can sit in the sun. If you
prefer, you can sit in a cave. Your choice doesn't stop the sun from shining.
It just means you decline to derive benefit from its heat.
So it is with Christ. His light continues to shine, but not all people
respond to it as they ought.
Jesus said, "I have come as a light." John's Gospel has several
themes that keep cropping up. One of those themes is life. Another one is
In chapter 1, he says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him
all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him
was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness,
but the darkness has not understood it."
Notice that at the beginning of his Gospel, John is making a powerful
statement concerning life and light, and he links the two. He says, "In the
beginning was the Word." "The Word" ...
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