May 2nd 2010

Humanity’s Greatest Need

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”

John 1:1-4 (NIV) 

A certain candidate for political office in the USA requested an advertising agency to produce campaign posters on his behalf. The ad writer asked him what he would like emphasized about himself. 

“Oh, just the usual,” replied the candidate, “superior intelligence, highest integrity, total honesty, complete loyalty, and of course, humility.” 

With the barrage of media coverage today, we can be sure that regardless of how positively a politician tries to position him or herself, every mistake, mis-statement, mis-step, and misjudgment will soon become public knowledge. Local and Parliamentary candidates in our up-coming election are all vulnerable to the media’s thirst for sensationalism. 

Candidates, of course, feel they have to project an exalted image of themselves, or most people would not look at them with any level of confidence. Despite their differences, and despite their individual strengths and weaknesses, all of the candidates are flawed human beings. To be fair, they would love to solve the monumental problems facing our nation and the world, but they simply don’t have the power or the wherewithal to do so. They can only do their best to keep things reasonably in check during their term in office. 

The problems and ills of human society continue. Violence, greed, cruelty, deception, injustice and other sins show that there is a dark side to humanity. In reality, that darkness comes from an alienation from the God who loves us. It is the greatest tragedy people endure and the source of all the other human evils. In the midst of that darkness one need rises above all the others—the need for Jesus Christ. The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. It tells us that light has come into the world. “I am the light of the world,” Jesus says. “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Jesus Christ restores our relationship with the Father and changes humanity from the inside out. 

When people put their confidence in him, the light comes on and everything changes. That is the beginning of real life, life in the joy and peace of fellowship with God. 


Heavenly Father, you are light, and in you is no darkness at all. We look to your light in all things and request that your light flood our lives so that our darknesses may be reduced as we walk with you in the light. In Jesus’ name we pray.


Study by Joseph Tkach

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