Today’s Reading: John 1
Key Verse: John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Please take some time to read, along with John 1, Colossians 1 and Hebrews 1. This will let us know, once and for all, who Jesus of Nazareth is. If we have decided to believe those who knew Jesus best, like John, or those who were educated and elite Jewish scholars, like Paul and the writer to the Hebrews, we are not left with the option of believing Jesus is only a prophet or only a great teacher. He is all of these and much more. Intellectual honesty demands that we confess that God communicated His message to the human race in one “Word,” One Word who “dwelt among us,” One who showed His glory to many of His contemporaries, “The glory as of the only begotten [not created] of the Father.” In Leviticus, we read Moses’ revelation of God. Please read again John 1:17-18. The transition from Moses to Jesus is clear. This was so evident in the first century that thousands of Jews believed it, including many of the Jewish leaders and priests who were truly open to the “Word” of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, You are, in Your Person, the fullness of the communication of the Great “I Am” to the human family. Bless me Lord, I pray, to be able to communicate to others the fact that You, Jesus, are 100% God, as well as 100% Human. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
My eldest son, Reynold, as a boy, said to me one night as we gazed at the stars, “God did that.” We marveled at His creation. I can’t remember my exact response, but I know that I tried to never miss an opportunity to point out that this great Creator was born in Bethlehem as one of us. The Angels in the night sky sang to the shepherds of God’s Glory and instructed them to find this Child. The shepherds did so and worshipped Him. Just now, I’m overwhelmed with the need to worship Him. Norma-Jean would always sing to our grandchildren (and now great-grandchildren) at night, “All hail King Jesus, all hail Emmanuel, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, bright Morning Star.” This has always been her “tucking in ritual.”
Yours to help us to be among those who receive Him, and thus have the right to become children of God through believing in His Name (John 1:12).
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