Snow White: The Color of Incarnation
December 6, 2015
Topic: Advent Passage: John 1:1–1:14
Introduction: What is your favorite color? How about favorite Christmas color?
Webster’s Dictionary, Second College Edition, in its first definition of “white” says, “having the color of pure snow…the color of radiated, transmitted or reflected light containing all of the visible rays of the spectrum.”
What images/ideas come to mind when you think “white”?
Read John 1:1-14
A. Verses 1-4
a. Read 1 John 1:1. Which beginning is this?
b. Read Genesis 1:1. Which beginning is this?
c. John 1:1 How would you describe the “absolute beginning”?
d. Who were the “players” in the beginning? (cf. Genesis 1:26)
e. Read John 1:3 and Colossians 1:15-16. What thoughts do you have? Who really created?
f. Read John 1:4. How is Christ’s life, “the light of men”?
g. If God is Light, that would be white according to Webster. Cf. Daniel 7:9
h. Read 1 John 1:5 What is the message John here says they heard from Jesus and passed on to others?
i. What significance for you personally is there in all of this?
B. Verses 5-8
a. Read verse 5 in several translations if you have them. One translation is likely to use the word “overcome” instead of “understand”. The Greek word can mean either. What do you think is the connection between overcome and understand?
b. Turn the lights off and have a flashlight ready. Do you see how the night overcomes the light? What does this mean for you personally?
c. What other verses point to Jesus as being white/light?
C. Verses 9-14
a. What does verse 9 mean? In what way has the “True Light” given light to everyone coming into the world? Does this suggest that everyone has a “divine spark” in them? Does it mean that all have some understanding within them?
b. God’s desire for us is white – forgiveness and eternal life.
i. Read Isaiah 1:18. Talk briefly about what forgiveness means to you.
ii. Read 1 John 1:5. What do you know about light? What might it suggest about your future? (Ideas: Gravity bends light…aging and the speed of light…etc.)
2 Cor. 3:17-18. How do you and I reflect that light/glory/white of Christ? Each one share one idea around the circle, how might you “share some light/white” this Christmas?