1/5/20

Our scripture this week is John 1:1-18.

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. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
John 1:1-18

God sent His Son to be with us, to show us how to connect to Him and to live as we were created to be. Jesus was more connected to God than anyone, but through His lessons and life, we were taught that we could have that relationship too if we only accepted and followed Him. It is amazing to think that God would call us to be His children, the brothers and sisters of Christ.

It is so amazing that we often have an issue believing it could be true. We want another sign, another proof. Like Philip we ask “show us the Father and that will be enough for us” (John 14:8), but will it? We have already heard “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18). Jesus is the only proof we need!

We must accept the living sign that is Christ Himself as the truth of God’s love for us and His desire to be in relationship with us. God owes us nothing, we owe everything to Him! Even so, God continues to reach out to us with His grace, telling us every day how much He cares for us.

Gracious God, we are humbled by the fact You want to connect with us. Help us to see that no matter what situation we find ourselves in, You are there for us, ready to support us in all that we face. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

UMC pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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