1: 7 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

Christian faith is about perceiving reality accurately. The sad fact is that we spend a great deal of our lives looking at the world as if we are unable to see colour. The world displays the full range of the rainbow. But we see only black and white.

We look at life as if it is confined to a tragical limited range.  We live as if only surfaces matter. We obsess about circumstances and fret over events.

John cam to testify to the fact that life is not merely what is taking place in the external realm. There is a hidden dimension which John calls “light.” You can’t see light directly, but everything is illumined in its brightness. This mysterious hidden light to which John points makes it possible for “everyone” to be enlightened.

“Everyone” is an important word in the Christian lexicon. It means… “everyone”, not just a few, not just a specially select little group, not merely the religious, the pious or the devout. No one is excluded from “everyone”. The light that was embodied in the person of Jesus is available to all people regardless of ethnicity, creed, socio-economic status, or educational achievement.

Every person whose heart opens to the “light” that Jesus manifest has the opportunity to be “enlightened.” Jesus embodied the truth, beauty and love for which all human beings were created. Shards of that light are lodged in every human heart. No human being has ever been created who was not made in “the image” and “likeness” of God (Genesis 1:26, 27)

This means that a splinter of God resides in every human heart. The only question is whether we are willing to hear the “witness” and “testimony” of the John the Baptists who coax us to open more deeply to the reality of love at work in our lives and in the world.