John 1:1 – 5, 10 – 14 “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 men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
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 received 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.”
I love this passage. I love that John felt compelled to start his gospel with it. So many times, we think of Jesus as having a humble beginning, in a bed of hay, in a stable in Bethlehem. But that’s not where Jesus began, my friends. That’s not even close!
When God spoke the world into existence, Jesus was there. When God separated light from darkness, and earth from water, Jesus was right there. God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness . . .” Who do you think He was talking to? Jesus!
You see, my friends, from the beginning, Jesus was. He still is. And He always will be. Yes, for a short time, He came and lived among us – we will talk about that time in the coming weeks. But Jesus is not limited by his time here on earth. He was here before the world began, and for all of eternity, He will remain.
To limit Him to His human form is to deny His deity. When we pray to Jesus, we often picture Him as a man, and that is perfectly fine. As a matter of fact, one of the reasons He became a man is so that we could identify with Him, and He with us. But He is God.
He is the almighty, all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, compassionate, gracious, forgiving, loving God. He is the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Prince of Peace, the Everlasting Father. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.
He joins us for coffee today. And He lives in my heart.
And I am in awe.
Dear Father, Thank You.
For a second cup, see: 1 John 1:2, Genesis 1:26, Colossians 1:16, John 5:26, John 3:19, 1 John 2:8, 1 Peter 1:23, Galatians 4:4, 1 Timothy 3:16