Ever wish you could see an overview of God and His plan, including concrete examples? The first chapter of John shows us exactly that.
Only Jesus, the God/man, bridges the gap between two types of beings: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us. (John 1:1 and 14a)
Jesus came for us: That was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. (John 1:9)
If we want what Jesus offers—a relationship with God—we must say, “Yes.” He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:11-13)
Jesus’ love is coupled with honesty: …and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14b)
Jesus was born a few months after his cousin John, yet John declared, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” (John 1:15)
Fortunately for us, John colors in the details of the big picture in coming chapters. I can hardly wait to read them!
From October readings for Days 1 and 2
Jeremiah 1-2 and 3-4
Ecclesiastes 1 and 2:1-16
John 1:1-18 and 1:19-28
James 1:1-11 and 1:12-18