Over the next few weeks, we will dive into the story of Jesus. We will begin with the prophecies foretold of a Savior and His miraculous birth, and then we will walk through His life, His death and His resurrection. We will finish by looking at Jesus in our lives today. Our prayer for you is that through studying these Scriptures, we will better understand the character of Jesus and what His time on earth means for us. We pray that you fall more in love with who He is during this Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of a Child who came to save us all.
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. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”
From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.
Listen to this:
JESUS is the WORD OF GOD come to LIFE.
Text taking flesh isn’t typically normal. But I mean, Jesus isn’t exactly normal. In the first chapter of the fourth gospel, John introduces us to the beginning of time. He says “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” He, the Word, with both God and with God. This Word “became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” Jesus was this Word made flesh. He made His home on earth. It’s mind-blowing truly. Jesus was God made tangible. He was God with skin. Jesus was there in Genesis when everything was created. Jesus was there for the Exodus. Jesus was there when David conquered Goliath. He was there because God was there, and They are one.
This means that our Bible, the Word of God, is everything that Jesus was. This text that we hold in our hands, the pages that we flip through, are truths that Jesus wants to speak into our lives. That’s why the Word is so good for our hearts, minds, and souls. Because everything we read in it represents Jesus and His goodness. The content of the book is Jesus’ heart, God’s heart. I want to treasure those pages that reveal the characteristics of God through Jesus. Second Timothy says that all scripture is God-breathed. That’s legit.
John also introduces himself in this first chapter. He said that “[John] himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.” Our lives are witnesses to those around us of the goodness of God. John didn’t take responsibility for being the Light, rightfully so, nor does he want that responsibility. He knew he was born to share the Light that he knew personally with the people he encountered.
In John 8:12, Jesus says “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” If the Holy Spirit lives in you, you are able to go into dark places and light ‘em up, in the most loving of ways. There is no arrogance that comes with being a light-bearer, though. It’s more humbling to know that we only have light because He is our Light.
Martin Luther King Jr. put it in these words:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
You carry the light of Christ.
Jesus was God made visible. Now let’s make Jesus visible for others.
God, help me to treasure my Bible, but help me to treasure You more. And lead me into places where I can carry your flame and light up the dark. Amen.