Your father, the devil

You are of your father, the devil,and your will is to do your father’s desires…

John 8:44 (ESV)

This verse, to me, is akin to Darth Vadar telling Luke he’s his father. Luke was good. He was the hero (sort of, but he was a whiner and we all know than Han was the real hero). There was no way Luke was going to join the Dark Side. He couldn’t believe that he was born of someone who pretty much owned the Dark Side.

Just like Luke, the men in the temple figured they were the good guys. They had it all together. They were the righteous ones. Then Jesus tells them the devil is their father. One might be able to see how they could have been slightly indignant. Superimpose Luke’s whiny face yelling NO! on a Jewish priest and you’ve got the picture.

But, unlike the men of the temple, Luke – as much as he didn’t want to – saw the truth of his father’s words. He was of his father and heard his father’s words.

Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.

John 8:47 (ESV)

Ever wonder why it’s often so difficult (or seemingly impossible) for unbelievers to believe? This is your answer. We believe and speak from the character of the one we’ve submitted ourselves to. As Christians, we have revelation of the Word of God because we’ve claimed Him as our Father and He’s made us to understand His ways. Unbelievers are at a disadvantage because they’re still in submission to the devil who will do all he can to prevent them from seeing the Truth.

It almost seems to be a hopeless cause. It’s not. Even though Luke eventually believed and accepted that Darth was his father, he didn’t allow it to define him. There is hope for the unbeliever just as there was hope that Luke could still be the hero.

There is still a peace that passes understanding. The Truth still sets people free. Jesus is still the light of the world. Faith is still the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. So long as we are faithful to continue to be the light of the world there is always hope for the hopeless.

Daily Bible reading: 1 Chronicles 8-10; John 8:37-59

The Word

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:1-5 (ESV)

This is one of my favourite passages of scripture. It’s one I’ve read over and over again, but it was only several years ago that something clicked. It sounded awfully familiar.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Genesis 1:1-3 (ESV)

We know that the Word John is speaking of is Jesus. Jesus was there in the beginning. We tend to only think of Jesus as appearing in the first few chapters of the New Testament, but he was there all along. Jesus was there at creation.  He was the Word. When God spoke, He spoke Jesus. When the Word went out, Jesus went out. When the light came, Jesus came.

Jesus is the light and darkness cannot overcome it.

There is no way that I can even begin to explain all that these verses hold. Read them for yourself. Then read them again. See for yourself the magnitude of the revelation John states in the first five verses of his book.

Daily Bible reading: 1 Kings 14-15; John 1:1-28

Void

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Genesis 1:1-2 (ESV)

Even in the void, God is there. In the darkness when nothing else seems to exist, God is there. The Amplified Bible says, “The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the  face of the waters.”

No matter how dark or empty or void life may seem to be, God can still move. God does still move. His Spirit is always moving over, in, and through creation. That is how it has always been. Before anything else existed, God’s Spirit was moving, hovering over the deep. That is how it will always be.