Thursday, December 12, 2013

Advent Day #12 - John 1:1-8

In the beginning the Word already existed.  The Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He existed in the beginning with God.  God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.  The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.  God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.  John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. (NLT)

John begins his gospel by declaring the everlasting Godhood of Jesus.  He does not mince words.  The Word was God.  Jesus was there at creation, and nothing was made that was not made through him.  We owe our very existence and life to Jesus.  He is the everlasting God.  He was there to call Abraham.  He was there to deliver the Israelites from Egypt.  He is the light of the world.  The darkness of this world can not extinguish his light.  The creator chose of his own free will to step into his creation.  He stepped in a veiled his divinity in the humble body of a helpless infant.  He wanted nothing more than to reconcile his creation to himself.  It is his desire that all of humanity would turn and recognize him as their creator.  When we talk about his desire for all of creation, we sometimes lose the personal love that he feels for each one of his creatures.  The Apostle Paul says,  God desires that none should perish.  He can not force our allegiance, but he will woo us as his bride.  He will approach each man to draw them to himself.  He seeks that which is his own.  Like the Shepherd that would leave 99 to find one that has strayed.  That is the love of God for his creation.  He knows each of our names.  He bore each of our sins on the cross.  He is intimately aware of the struggles and pains of our lives.  He wishes to bring each of us from darkness to light.  He is knocking at the door.  He wishes nothing more that we would open the door of our heart to let him in.  His mercy is so great that he forgives the sins we have done, and the sins we are yet to commit.  He doesn't expect his followers to instantly become like him.  He calls us to follow.  He will work out the rest along the journey.  When we fall he is standing by to help us to our feet, and to guid us along his way.  He will never leave us.  He will never forsake us.  If he has already humbled himself onto the death of a criminal, then what could we bring to him that he would not be willing to do?  When we make excuses for deserted him, we are being ridiculous.  Do you honestly think that there is some sin that could possibly be too much for him to forgive?  There is nothing that can remove us from his love.  He has given us life in creation.  The life he gave us was a holy and pure life, because it came from him.  We are not made for this fallen world.  We are made for a greater world.  He has better things in mind.  When we realize the true potential of the life he gave us, then we will spend all of creation in his presence.  We will sing his praises and fall prostrate before his throne.  He has made us for an eternity.  Sin destroyed that vision.  He has made a way through his death to restore to us the life that he at first gave us.  Praise God.  He is merciful and acts in such kindness to us.  We, who were his enemy, have been redeemed and set in a right relationship with him through his son Jesus.

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