Once upon a time there was a warehouse filled with cell phones that thought they were calculators. Their manufacturer had designed them to be phones, but their SIM cards had been damaged. They were dead but did not realize it. They had battery power and several working apps so they thought they were “alive.” One day the manufacturer sent someone to bring them to life. He came with copies of his own perfect SIM card, offering to replace their damaged cards with his own. Most of the phones thought he was crazy and rejected the offer. But those who allowed him to make the exchange were astonished to discover all the new ways they could operate once they could receive a cell signal. It was as though they came to life for the first time.
Once upon a time there was a planet filled with dead people who thought they were alive. Because their bodies worked and they could think, they assumed they were experiencing all that life had to offer. One day, their Creator sent Someone to fix them and bring them to full and abundant life. Here is what they wrote about Him:
In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:4-5)
Jesus offered to connect them for the first time with the “Life” and “Light” of God’s Holy Spirit, bringing them to full and abundant life in a whole new way. He would exchange what was damaged in them with His perfection, personally accepting the cost of their damage and allowing them to operate as their Manufacturer intended.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:9–13)