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.
The gospel writers recorded many miracles, events and teachings of Jesus. They wanted us to know what He said and did. They used the things Jesus did to prove who He was. Each writer wanted to make sure we understand that Jesus was more than a miracle worker, a great leader or a quotable teacher. He was Immanuel — God with us!
John wanted to make sure his readers did not miss this essential truth, so he introduced his book by explaining the person of Jesus. John tells us that Jesus was eternal, equal to God, and was, in fact, God in the flesh. He explains that Jesus was the Creator who made all things. The One who created light and physical life was the same One who was the Light — showing us the way to God; and the Life — recreating our sinful souls.
Over the next fourteen days we will consider each of these characteristics one at a time. As we focus on a particular attribute I challenge you to read through John 1:1-18 each day. This passage is the most complete description of Jesus found anywhere in Scripture. Let it wash over your mind and heart. Let’s pray that we will fall in love with Jesus in a new and fresh way.
Lord Jesus, speak to my heart as I read these words describing Your person. Help me be refreshed in my understanding of who You are. Help me go deeper in my worship. Help me be more determined to follow hard after You in sincere obedience. I pray in Your name. Amen.
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