A witness to testify to the light ...

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. -John 1:6-9 NRSV

Interesting how John continues his theme of light as he introduces us to John the Baptist. He says that the Baptizer came not as the light but as a witness and testifier to it. As John thinks back over the decades to that time he remembers that the Baptist knew that he was not the light. In retrospect he so understands the missions of both the witness and the light.

Thinking back he also remembers that first time when the true light shone in him and enlightened his soul. I too remember, like it was yesterday, that evening when the light first shone in me. That light defied definition. It changed my life. I will never forget how it illuminated every part of me and allowed me to see things once veiled in darkness.

Drive the darkness from us Lord. Help us to walk in the light as you are in the light.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.

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