12/7/20

Our scripture this week is John 1:1-14, taken today from the New International Version (NIV).

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.

Jesus, the very Word of God, “became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (v. 14). This passage tells us He came to be part of the world He created that we might know Him and receive the gift of salvation. What an awesome blessing!

God has reached out to us from the very beginning, walking in the garden with us until our sin caused the consequence of separation. His love for us continued and He found new ways to reach us, through inspired people who followed His commandments and taught them to others. In Jesus we were able to know Him personally and be called to carry on His ministry to all the world.

We must hear the Word, know the Word and spread the Word to everyone. God’s love for us is eternal and by working through us, all may learn of Him. Be aware of the opportunity God gives for You to share His love today.

Gracious God, we are so glad to have Your presence with us through the Word. Help us to share the love You offer us with others that they may know the joy of a relationship with You. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

UMC pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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