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Bearing Witness to the Light

Rev. Tetteh-Annor Larbi | January 23, 2024 | John 1:6-9



He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. John 1:7 (NIV)



In John 1:6-9, we encounter the figure of John the Baptist, a man sent from God with a specific purpose — to bear witness to the light. His life and ministry exemplify the profound calling each believer shares: to be witnesses to the divine light of Christ in a world often covered in gross darkness. (Acts 1:8).  John's testimony serves as a sign, reminding us that our purpose is not to draw attention to ourselves but to point others towards the presence of Jesus Christ. In a world which is hungry for hope, and which is searching for meaning; in a world where there are more questions than answers, our role, like John's, is to declare the truth, that the light of Christ shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.


In our reflections today on John's mission to bear witness, let us consider our own lives. Are we, like him, pointing others to the light through our words and actions? In our daily interactions, may we strive to spread the transforming power of Christ, offering a testimony that draws hearts to the eternal source of hope and redemption. Bearing witness to the light is not merely a duty but a privilege, an opportunity to participate in God's ongoing work of bringing His illuminating love to a world desperately in need of it.



Determine to be a true witness of the Light (Jesus) and to direct all men to the Lord Jesus. Determine to make all men experience the Love of God through the way you live and be an ambassador of the Light of Christ today.


Dear Lord, I avail myself for your work as an advocate of the Light. Help me to point all people I encounter to the true light that transforms the lives of men. For your dear name’s sake. Amen.




DAILY word study: LIGHT

In John 1:7, the term for "light" in Greek is "φῶς" (phōs). In various passages of the New Testament, "φῶς" is metaphorically used to represent concepts such as truth, righteousness, spiritual illumination, and the divine presence

The term is employed in various sections of the Bible to signify:

  1. Divine Revelation: Psalm 119:105 states, "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." Here, God's Word is likened to a guiding light in the darkness of life.

  2. Christ as the Light: In John 8:12, Jesus declares, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life."

  3. Transformation: Ephesians 5:8 connects the concept of light with the transformation brought about by Christ: "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light."

In John 1:7, the metaphor of light is tied to John the Baptist, who came as a witness to testify concerning the true Light, who is Christ. The Light signifies the revelation and embodiment of divine truth and grace. John, the Baptist, was not the Light himself but testified to it, preparing the way for people to recognize and receive the true Light.


Considering the metaphor of Jesus as the Light, how does this impact your understanding of spiritual illumination and the role of testimony in guiding others toward the divine Light?

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