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; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:1-5 NIV
We are drawn in to the book of John by an allusion back to the Creation of the World. John draws us in as he introduces The Word which is distinct and divine. The Word is Jesus, who is real and can change your life forever.
As we wait for the Risen One, we can be confident that He is the life who is the light of men. The light of the world is the one who holds out wonderful hope for humanity. He guides us in the darkness, and creates a hopeful bond to Himself as we walk humbly with Him.
Jesus, who is distinct from the Father, was there from the beginning. He is part of the Triune God. He prepared a time to make himself known as part of God’s rescue plan for humanity. God saw that we would need a way out of our sinful ways and that we would seek guidance. Jesus, He is the answer, the Son sent to bring together God’s people.
Being the divine self-expression of God, Jesus was in an intimate relationship with the Father, hence coming to us as a humble yet authoritative figure. All life has been given through Him, and the life through Christ became the light of men.
Jesus is hope. He is life. He is freedom. Christ offered us deliverance while demonstrating holiness and truth.
Later in the first book of John, we see that the Lord imparts the gift that man must accept to be fully rescued. His plan is fulfilled as we believe on His name. As we believe that Christ is born of God, made of flesh, and lived among the people, we can see that this rescue plan is being fulfilled through God’s will.
Join me each Monday as I blog devotions through the Bible. This month we will be focused on the Book of John. I hope you discover a good reading plan over the Lenten season. I recommend reading one of the Gospels. There are some excellent resources and plans on the YouVersion Bible App.
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