4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Thoughts: This has some overtones to Isaiah 9- "The people walking in darkness have seen a great light...for unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given..." Jesus is the flashlight shining in the movie theater, pointing to a way out. Jesus is the light at the end of the tunnel. Jesus is the light that helps us see our mistakes, but also helps us see our way over the things that would make us fall. He is the light that gives vitamin D for healthy bones, and photosynthesis for healthy and growing plants. Without him, we would wither- and many do. Despite the darkness trying really hard to stop the light, it cannot. So in our day, the light wins- it pierces the darkness, and the darkness- though opposed, must yield to it. We would do well to yield to Christ and follow Him who brings life and light.
Prayer: Be my life and light today, O Lord. Help me to have hope in your light. Let me remember that you came to give us hope and life.
John Calvin abridged: John has been saying the Speech of God was at creation and creating. Now He says that God sustains life. God's continual speech is inspiration and vigor to the world so that without it, we would decay (Acts 17:28). The "light" spoken of here as given by the Speech is the light of understanding that separates us from brute beasts. Amidst the thick darkness, the light of understanding still shines.