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In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
In the Greek language two words are translated “life.” “Bios” refers to natural, mortal life. We get the word “biology” from it. In today’s passage John uses the second word, “zoe.” This word means divine, immortal, eternal life. This is the life found in Jesus.
Jesus is the life giver. As our Creator, the One who breathed into man the breath of life, He gives us physical life. As our sacrifice, the One who provided the way to have peace with God, He gives us spiritual life. As our Savior, the One who built the bridge from death to life and was the first to cross it, He gives us eternal life.
In his first letter, John explains life in Jesus this way: “God has given us eternal life and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12). It is that simple and that eternally profound. Jesus is the life giver.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for leaving heaven and dying for my sin in order that I can have eternal life. Thank You for being my Creator, my Sacrifice and my Savior. In Your name I pray. Amen.