John 1:4-5

"The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it."


Easter is a time to remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the day that our Lord demonstrated his divinity by coming back to life. Easter readings often draw from passages at the end of the Gospels. For example, John chapter 20 presents the events of Jesus' first appearance to his disciples after his death.


What's interesting to note, however, is that the resurrection story is also contained in the first chapter of John. In verses four and five of that chapter, John writes, "The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." Here we see allusions to the Easter story. Jesus gave life to everything. He is the source of life. And while death attempted to extinguish his light, it was not able to do so.


Today we celebrate that Christ is risen. His life conquers death.


(New Living Translation; photo credit: Wix media)

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