We look forward to exploring the theme of hope in the life-giving light of Christ in this daily devotional. This devotional will help us think about this reality and investigate how we can live each day in the expectation of Christ’s life-giving light.
» Sunday, 19th February 2023 | I Stand In The Gap Daily Devotional | Hope in the Life-Giving Light of Christ
Yesterday’s daily devotional was on “Divine Healing: Three Encouraging Bible Stories” and today’s is “Hope in the Life-Giving Light of Christ”.
Anchor verse of the day
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.John 1:4 (NKJV)
John 1:4 speaks to the reality that Jesus Christ brings life and light to all those who trust in Him. When we face darkness, whether in the form of sickness, loss, or uncertainty, we can find hope and strength in the truth that Christ is the source of all life and the giver of light.
The verse highlights the ability of Christ’s life-giving light to improve people’s lives and the hope that comes from having a relationship with him.
The theme in John 1:4
- The life-giving power of Christ: The anchor verse of the day highlights that in Christ is life, and that life is the light of men. Here, Christ is presented as the source of life, and a light giver that shines the way for those who believe in Him
The Gospel of John is a poetic and philosophical introduction to the life and ministry of Jesus. In it, Jesus is described as the Word of God (or Logos), who was before all things and through whom they were all created.
In the prologue, Jesus is also described as the light of the world, bringing life and grace to everyone who accepts him while shining in the darkness.
The tight connection between Jesus as the source of life and Jesus as the light of the world is emphasized in John 1:4.
Similar Bible verses
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.“John 8:12 (NKJV)
This verse speaks to the idea that Jesus is the light of life, and that He provides a way out of the darkness that sin and death bring into our lives. By following Jesus, we are able to have this light of life in our lives and the ability to walk in his truth.
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.1 John 1:5 (NKJV)
This verse speaks to God’s attribute of light. In contrast to the darkness of sin and evil in the world, God is pure and righteous.
Reflection on the hope in the life-giving light of Christ
Christians are reminded that their hope is rooted in Jesus Christ, the world’s light.
As Christians, it is our duty to hold fast to this hope and live by Christ’s example. This means that we must live a life that is a reflection of the love, truth, and righteousness that is found in Christ.
By leading lives that are agreeable to Him, we are to reflect His light to those who are around us. we become the light of the world, just as Christ is. The darkness is illuminated by this light that shines through us, giving hope to those who are lost and in need of salvation.
Living in the life-giving life of Christ entails having confidence and hope in God, and believing that all things are possible with God. It entails putting our faith in God even in the face of difficulties and setbacks. It entails living in accordance with God’s Word and carrying out His plan for our life. When things are tough, we are to lean on the shining light of Christ for strength and encouragement. He will also lead us to victory in every circumstance.
Beloved, as we live in the life-giving light of Christ, we are to shine as a beacon of hope to those around us. We are to show love to our neighbors, to be merciful to the weak, and kind to the broken-hearted.
In doing so, we become an embodiment of Christ’s light in the world. Through us, others see the hope that we have in Christ, and they too can come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
It is my prayer that we always remember that in Christ, there is life and that life is the light of men. Let us walk in this light of Christ and be the light of the world.
Let us pray
We come to you today full of faith in the life-giving light of Christ. We are grateful for your unending love and grace, which keep us going every day.
Please help us to seek out your light in times of darkness and hopelessness because in you we find hope and healing. We pray that individuals who are dealing with illness, discomfort, or other difficulties would experience the warmth of your light and be strengthened.
Father, help us to follow your example and live our lives as lights of love and hope for everyone around us.
We ask all these in Jesus’ mighty name.