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Let There Be Light

Dec 09, 2018 | Rob Ryerson

The Light of Hope | Let There Be Light Part 2 | South Jordan

John 1:1-5 ​​In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.


Did You Know? ​​John is the only Gospel writer who didn’t talk about the ​WHAT​​ of Christmas, only the ​WHY​​.

Note:​​ John’s ​PAIN​​ shaped his ​PERSPECTIVE​​.


Note: ​​Jesus ​PREDICTED​​ ​​these things ​(Matthew 24:2​​, ​​Luke 21:6).


Advent Moment: ​​The metaphor of light means hope for the ​SUFFERING​​.


Definition: ​​Hope is not ​POSITIVE​​ thinking it is ​TRUST​​ placing.


The two building blocks of hope are: 1. ​DESIRE​​ and 2. ​EXPECTATION


John 20:30-31​​ ​Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, ​and that by believing you may have life in his name​​.


Big Idea:​​ There is no type of ​DARKNESS​​ that can extinguish the ​LIGHT​​ of Christ that brings us hope.


Discussion Questions:


1. What is the most horrific suffering you have ever witnessed / experienced? Describe how you felt at the time. What did you learn about life from that experience?


2. Read Matthew 24:2 & Luke 21:6 & 23:27-31 and talk about the suffering associated with the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70.


3. Why is it significant that John, of all people, would continue to insist that LIFE is found in Christ? (see John 20:30-31)


4. Read John 1:1-5 and talk about why LIGHT and DARKNESS are appropriate metaphors in the context of Christmas? What is it about Christmas that lies to us about finding the fulfillment of your deepest desires in this world?


5. What proof from your life can you give to support the statement: there was and is nothing in this world that can extinguish the LIGHT of CHRIST.

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