Light From The Sun’s Creator
Dr. Elliot Johnson came to Waco last month. He was visiting his son
and cowboy churches near Waco. He has published a new magazine (Trail
Ride) combining western history with the study of God’s Word. This
article is from an issue of Trail Ride and is printed with their
Dr. Johnson grew up on an 850 acre farm ranch in Central Nebraska. “I
liked the cattle drives and playing the part of ‘cowboy’ much better
than the farming part.” he says. “Those days in the hayfield were long
Johnson left the plains for college and coaching jobs in several
states, eventually becoming one of the most successful baseball
coaches in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. His
teams have won over 900 games. He has been named Coach of the year
nine times, won eleven conference, district, or national
championships, and been named to three Halls of Fame. Dr. Johnson has
a Doctor of Arts degree in Physical Education and has authored
Athletic related devotional books and six baseball videos. The
Fellowship of Christian Athletes presented him with the Jerry Kindall
Character in Coaching Award.
Cattle drovers, white settlers, and adventurers encountered dozens of
Native American nations spread across North America in the 1800s. One
small but resolute tribe of the southern plains was the Kiowa. The
Kiowa may never have numbered more than 2,000 people, but they were
valiant and resourceful fighters who lived in present day Colorado,
southwestern Kansas, and the Oklahoma/Texas panhandles. Originally
enemies of the Commanche, the Kiowa later became their allies.
Tribal legend said the Kiowa came into the world one by one by
squirming through a hollow log until a very big woman got stuck in the
log. No matter how hard she struggled, she couldn’t move and no more
Kiowa could enter the world. That’s why there were so few of them! The
name Kiowa came from “Kwuda” or “coming out.” The legend is almost as
far from fact as the white man’s lie of evolution as the source of
human and animal life!
Sadly, the Kiowa worshipped the sun instead of the sun’s Creator. The
greatest of their many rituals was the midsummer Sun Dance, honoring
the sun for providing great horse herds, plentiful bison, fine
children, protection, and success in warfare. Central to the ceremony
was the “taime” (a two-foot stone sculpture robed in white feathers
and ermine pendants), which represented a young woman who climbed a
tree to heaven, married the son of the sun, and perished when she fell
The 10-day Sun Dance Ceremony was held in a huge medicine lodge.
Various rituals were involved. The Sun Dance priest and four
assistants were joined by anyone seeking success. The leader stood at
the lodge entrance and stared fixedly at the sun before beginning. The
priest prayed to the taime. All desired to fall into a trance and to
see visions. They painted their bodies and, facing the taime, danced
in place by flex
ing the knees up and down to drum beats and female singers. Eagle-bone
whistles clenched in their teeth aided the frenzied pace until
exhaustion overtook them.
On the sixth day, dancers drank a medicinal potion and offered
sacrifices (clothing or a horse) to the sun. The Sun Dance ritual
revealed the darkness of the Kiowa religion. The last great Kiowa Sun
Dance was held in1867.
Read John 1:6-14
The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
Jesus Christ came to earth to showcase God and His way of life! Right
“out of the chute,” John makes sure we cannot miss who Jesus is! He is
God’s Word to us! When everything began, “The Word” already was! “Was”
is in past tense but it suggests continuous existence. The Word
A word is an expression revealing one’s thoughts. A word is a means of
communication. Jesus Christ is the expression of God. He showed us
what God is like. By dying for us, He showed us how much God loves us!
The Word was with God. He was in eternal face to face equality with
the Father, while remaining a Person distinct from His Father. The
Word was God. Jesus did not become God. He always was God. He didn’t
have to learn to be God, or to work His way up into being God. William
McDonald writes, “It is not enough to say He is ‘a god,’ that He is
godlike, or that He is divine. The Bible teaches that He is God.”
Here is a philosophical question: “Why is there something rather than
nothing? The answer is: “Because there is God who made everything!”
The work of revealing God began with creation (Psalm 19:1-6;
Romans1:19-20). Jesus Christ made everything (I Corinthians 8:6;
Colossians1:16; Hebrews 1:2). Jesus, the God-Man who created all
things, is our Elder Brother who came to dwell with us!
Life is only found in Jesus Christ. He created biological life (John
1:3) and He gives spiritual life (John 8:12). Real Christianity, not
the façade presented by many Americans today, is Christ. He is life
and all life is in Him.
The life was the light of men (v. 4). Light provides guidance in a
fallen, ignorant world. Jesus revealed God in the darkness and He
continues to shine in the darkness. But He was not understood or
received by men. Most reject Him today. Yet, the awful spiritual
darkness of this world did not and can not overcome Him! The
revelation of the Living God and salvation through Christ are superior
to ignorance and sin!
In the conflict between light and darkness, light cannot lose! When a
lighted coal-oil lantern enters a room, darkness must flee! Jesus
Christ is the Light of the world. He is also the Truth. The Truth, no
matter how much suppressed by sinful man, keeps rising to the surface
like a basketball in a swimming pool. He is God and the only Way to
get to God (John 14:6).
Men and women respond to the claims of Jesus in one of two ways.
First, we can believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. A minority believes in
Christ with saving faith. Or, we can refuse to believe concerning the
Light, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. A hardened heart will result.
The majority of men and women remain in unbelief. Which will it be for
one of two ways. First, we can believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. A
minority believes in Christ with saving faith. Or, we can refuse to
believe concerning the Light, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. A
hardened heart will result. The majority of men and women remain in
unbelief. Which will it be for you?
Don’t Get Bucked Off
How do we know what God is like?
Who made everything? (See I Corinthians 8:6; Colossians 1:16)
How does real Christianity differ from the version practiced by
Does this world exist in “light” or in “darkness?”
Who is Truth? (See John 14:6). Does Jesus claim to be the only Way
to get to God and Heaven?
To whom does Jesus give light (John 1:9)? How does the majority
respond? How does the minority respond?