I love how The Jesus Story begins.
“The beginning of the glad news of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.” Mark 1:1
As The Jesus Story continues on to John 1:1-18, we read some of my favorite verses in all four of the Gospels.
“In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Jesus is God!
“All things were made through Him, and nothing came into being without Him.”
Jesus is Creator!
“In Him was life- life that was the light of mankind, shining in the darkness. And the darkness did not extinguish it.”
Jesus is Life! Jesus is Light!
I love that phrase, “And the darkness did not extinguish it.” A picture of the Resurrection. Jesus conquered evil. He conquered Satan. He conquered death, hell and the grave!
“The true Light who enlightens everyone was coming into the world- a world made through Him- yet the world did not recognize Him.”
Jesus is Truth!
“He came to His own creation, and his own people did not receive Him.”
Jesus is on a mission! Jesus came into the world He created. He came for us. He came for ME!
“But to all who did receive Him, He gave the right to become children of God. These were born into God’s family, not of blood or natural desire or human will, but of God.”
Jesus is a Giver! He gives us the right to become children of God!
“The Word took on a human body and lived among us. We saw His glory- the glory of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Jesus is human! Jesus is glorious to behold!
“From His fullness we have received blessing after blessing.”
Jesus is an unending source of blessing!
“The Law came through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
Jesus is the vehicle of God’s grace! There is truth in God’s Law, but there is no grace in God’s Law. Grace is found in Christ alone.
“No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son who is close to the Father’s heart- He has shown us what God is like.”
Jesus shows us what God is like! Jesus shows us how to be close to the Father’s heart!
Father, thank you for the strong reminder of what you’ve given me in your Son. Jesus is glorious! I want to know Christ more intimately! I want to walk with Jesus more closely! I want to walk as Jesus walked more faithfully! John knew Jesus intimately, loved Jesus deeply, and followed Jesus faithfully. I want those words to describe my life.
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