Thursday 30th November 2017 - Bible verse: John 1:1-34
From Before Time and For All Time by Richard Cowling

In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God. What a bold way to start writing about Jesus. John declares that Jesus is the living word of God, and not just that, but was sent from God and is God!

This chapter goes on to say how Jesus, who is the light of the world, came down into this dark world, and that God himself dwelt among us so that he could bring us back to him. Jesus came first to God’s chosen people, to those who were physical descendents of Abraham. Yet they did not all receive him; but those who did receive him became children of God through the promise given to Abraham that ‘through your offspring’ you will have descendents as numerous as the stars in the sky.

John goes on to fully explain that the true children of God are those who are born of God, it does not matter if physically we are Jews or Gentile; we need to be born again to be considered children of God. Jesus came to bring grace and truth, and so fulfil the law that Moses gave.

In verse 19 onwards we can continue to see John the Baptist’s relationship to Christ and his calling being carried out. When asked if he was the Messiah, John doesn’t hesitate to say that he’s not. He is questioned further until he says the words that the angel Gabriel said to his father before his conception: ‘I am the voice of the one calling out in the desert make straight the way of the LORD’.

When Jesus comes to be baptised, John calls him the ‘Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’ and that ‘a man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me’. On a world view this makes no sense as John was about 8 months older than Jesus and yet he recognised that Jesus is God and was in the beginning.

So as we look towards Christmas and sing songs about the light coming into the world, just think about those words carefully. God himself came down to dwell among his creation to provide a way for his creation to dwell with him in eternity. What an awesome and loving God we have!!

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