Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Today we begin the season of Lent, with Ash Wednesday. Throughout this season, readings have been arranged to enable you to read through the whole of John’s gospel by Easter if you so choose. Otherwise you may read the selected reading for the day, which will give you highlights from the gospel. Lent does not include Sundays, so there will not be a devotional reading for Sunday throughout Lent. May God bless this devotional time for you.
Full reading – John 1:1-18
John 1: 1-5, 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 all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 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.”
These verses which start the Gospel of John are indicating the “Word” John is talking about is more than we could imagine. In Genesis chapter 1, God created the heavens and the earth. And then for the rest of the first chapter each verse starts out with “God said…” There is an important association with what God said, forming a relationship through the words He spoke, with all His creation culminating with man (Gen 2:5). All that we see; the sky, the earth, the creatures, you and me, along with all that makes us unique and marvelous in God’s eye is because of the Word spoken at creation.
Throughout the ages, God was never far off; “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” (Ps 19:1-3). But yet all the declaration, the showing, the wonders of the world could not erase the one and terrible trouble of man: the sin that separates us from Him. It is truly a chasm that needs a bridge to cross that gap.
And God said His name is “I AM” when asked by Moses “who shall I say sent me?” Giving a word to the name of God. That name carried down through the years, decades and centuries to a temple in Jerusalem where the Pharisees asked Jesus of Nazareth, who does he make himself to be. Doing all these miracles, casting out demons, healing the sick. Whereby Jesus replied: “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was, I AM!” The Pharisees wanted to stone Jesus for blasphemy because they recognized the Word. Jesus called himself by the name of God. Jesus literally said “I am with God, I was with God, and God is in me, I AM.” John goes on to say that “the Word was with God, the Word was God, and He was with God in the beginning.” The Pharisees knew exactly what Jesus was saying, which is why they wanted to stone him. When John writes his Gospel, he knew what Jesus was saying. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. That Word has a name: JESUS.
“But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law” (Galatians 4:4)
“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Co 1:15)
“For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell” (Co 1:19)
“For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” (Co 2:9)
God has a bridge for that chasm in the cross of Christ. He, being God, became the perfect sacrifice on our behalf. Sinless. Spotless. Something we could never be. Jesus’ blood is the atonement for our redemption. This is the new covenant God has made with us. He will not look upon our sin any longer, because when God looks at us, He sees the blood of Jesus that paid the price we could never pay. Let us accept Jesus as our Lord, our Savior, our Redeemer
PRAYER: Precious Lord, I am not a stranger to You, You call me by name. Just as when Samuel was in the temple and you called out to him by name and he answered, “here am I Lord, speak for your servant listens.” I call out to You: “Here I am Lord Jesus.” Open my eyes and ears and heart that I might know You more and more. That the Word of God will live within me each day. That I might be transformed by Your Word, by Jesus. I yield to You and the working of the Holy Spirit in my life.