John 1 displays the pre-existent Christ, the spoken word, becoming a human being. This being was with God, and God was the word. This word is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. John shows that this Jesus is equal to God. John confirms that God is one, yet He exists in separate dispositions. Jesus, the gospel, has been there with God before Creation. So, Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, was in the genesis of the world with God. All things in the world were created by God in order for the world to acknowledge God as the source. This Second Person is alive and is himself God. He is God the incarnate, and He expresses all that God wants to say to us about His self-revelation. John the Baptist, was not the word, light or source of life, but the testimony bearer of the light so that all who hear it might have faith in it.
The passage of the day, therefore, shows us that, the same power that the triune God used to create the world, is the same power He is still using to create new life from our hopeless situations. God creates from nothing and can create order where things are disorderly. Jesus is the source of all life and the center of our faith and hopes. In Jesus, we find life, and His life is light to us, the light that exposes all evil things and illuminates lives. Jesus restores broken relationships of our life. He brings life to other unclear places of the world. No evil place is able to overcome the power of God in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the true life and true light to all who have trust in him, and is the cause of our salvation whenever we encounter incomprehensible problems.
God, help us to be part of your persuasive and gracious plan you have provided to treat the transgressions of the world, Amen.
The readings for this week are full of praise for God’s gift of Jesus Christ and an emphasis on human helplessness apart from God. Jeremiah portrays an exiled people’s despair turning to joy at their restoration. The psalmist proclaims God’s power to protect and provide for God’s people, and Paul’s letter to the Ephesians explains that God’s will from the beginning has been for our adoption as God’s children through Christ. Praise and thanksgiving to God are the common and appropriate responses to all these mighty acts of God.
Read Jeremiah 31:7-14. How have you been restored by God’s kindness?
Read Psalm 147:12-20. In what ways have you experienced God strengthening and restoring you?
Read Ephesians 1:3-14. How do you set your hope on Christ? How do you live differently because of that hope?
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