Wednesday, November 11, 2015
In Him is Life
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-14
Did you read all of that? The beginning of John's gospel gives us a flash version of what God has in store for mankind. Notice in these verses, the "Word," (that's Jesus), has been around since the very beginning. He was with God. Not only was Jesus with God, these verses want us to know Jesus WAS God. That takes some comprehension and maybe some time to allow it to soak in.
When Jesus came into the world, as Paul tells the Philippians, "He emptied himself and became obedient to death, even death on the cross." But this Jesus, according to John was the maker of all things and without him, nothing was made. The life that was in him was the light of men. John testified, " The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world."
Further information in those verses advises us that Jesus was in the world, but the world didn't recognize him. His own did not receive him. The good news is that all who did receive him, those who believed in his name, he blessed them with the right to become children of God. The children of God are described as those who are born of God.
The glorious nature of the Word is revealed to us in verse 14. Look at it again, " The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
The message of God is Jesus. That means the message of God has been in existence since before anything else existed! It also means that when God wanted us to know of his love, he sent Jesus. When he wanted us to know of his forgiveness an salvation, he sent Jesus. Remember above all else, "to all who received him, he gave the right to become children of God."