Now, going on, he says that this life was also a message. Jesus said, and is yet saying to the world, a very badly needed thing; his life is a message. We know how a man’s life can become a single message. The life of Adolf Hitler, for instance, has become a message to the world, a message which all have read, how pride, pursued to the full, opens the door to demonic powers, and terrible, frightening things can follow.
In contrast to that, I have just read the life of that amazing American, George Washington Carver, the dedicated Negro scientist who, though born into slavery, became one of the greatest scientists this nation has ever produced and whose discoveries have blessed the whole world. What is the message of his life? It is that true humility is the open door to learning. If you are humble enough there is nothing you cannot learn. It is exactly the opposite of the message of Adolf Hitler.
Now the whole life of Jesus Christ is also a message. What was the message? John goes on to tell us in one verse:
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5 RSV)
That is the message of the life of Jesus. That is what he came to tell us, and what he imparts to us as we learn to know him. “God is light and in him is no darkness at all.” It is put positively and negatively and it is easy to see how that message was incorporated and fulfilled in the life of Jesus. John opens his Gospel with the words: “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in darkness, and the darkness can never put it out,” John 1:4-5). That is the glory of this life. Our Lord himself said, “I am the light of the world. If any man follow me, he shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life,” John 8:12). There it is again, a life that is light. Again, he said, “This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world and men love darkness and will not come to the light because their deeds are evil,” (John 3:19 KJV).