Tag: Word made flesh
Scripture reading for April 7th: John 1
John’s record of Jesus’ life and ministry begins with the “Word” of God as the starting point. Jesus is God’s personal and final “Word” given to mankind to reveal His love, character, and Father’s heart. Jesus was with God in the beginning. This ‘beginning’ was the creation of the world and mankind. He made all things through His Word out of nothing. (John 1:3-4)
John also stated that Jesus is the source of all life and light. In Christ alone, there is life without end. He came to earth to bring this life and the knowledge of it to man. But because of sin and rebellion, man did not recognize Jesus. Even Jesus’ own people did not receive Him. Though Jesus was in the world He created, the world did not recognize Him because of the darkness. (John 10:10)
“Yet all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become the children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision, or of a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12-13) Those who believed on Jesus recognized Him as God’s Word made flesh. We know Him as the “One and Only, who came from the Father.” (John 1:14) We through faith become God’s children supernaturally by His Spirit.
“For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.” (John 1:17-18) God spoke the Law to Moses to reveal sin and man’s need for a sacrifice. The Law could not save mankind. But Jesus Christ revealed God’s grace and truth, enabling us to be restored to God. What an amazing Word!
Scripture reading for October 30th: John 1-2
The Gospel of John, the beloved disciple, is exciting reading. John was the youngest disciple and one of the “sons of thunder” brothers. James and John were evidently very emotional and yet very likable. These brothers were in the inner circle of three in the company of disciples and John was the one resting his head on Jesus’ chest in the famous picture of the Last Supper. John was also the disciple who Jesus asked from the Cross to take care of His mother. (John 19:26-27) The theme of his Gospel is “Jesus, the Son of God” and John goes back to Genesis as he begins his account.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; and without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4)
John starts with a revelation of the Son of God! He is the eternal Word! He was with God in the beginning! Of course, eternity is the realm of God. There is no time in His realm, so there is no beginning from God’s perspective. He always was, is, and will be. The beginning spoken of by John is the beginning of created things. Everything we can see was created by God and by His Word. He is the source and beginning of it all. By speaking His powerful Word in faith He created the visible world and heavens. When we think of how vast and huge these creations are, we are humbled by the power of that Word!
But at the right time, this Word became flesh and dwelt among His people! The word for “dwelt” is the same word used to describe the pitching of a tent. He “tabernacled” with His people! This is what God did when Israel was in the desert after Mt. Sinai. Moses was given instructions to build a special tent and furniture as a place for God to dwell in the midst of His people. This tent was called a “tabernacle”. God’s presence marked His people as separate and blessed above all others on the earth. No enemy could defeat them as they marched with Him, no sickness could attack, and even clothes and shoes did not wear out! (Nehemiah 9:19-21)
Jesus Christ came to His own people, but they did not receive Him! (John 1:11-12) Most rejected Him and ended up crucifying Him. But to those who would and did receive Him, Jesus gave the power to become children of God! They would be “born again” into God’s family! He would send them the Holy Spirit to live in them and they would become “living tabernacles” of God’s presence! What a blessed people are those who receive Him! Why not invite Him to be your Savior today and let Him pitch His tent in you! His powerful Word brings new birth and eternal life!