Lord, You came down from Heaven,
holding nothing back from me,
I will hold Your name high!
Focus of the month: Jesus Messiah
Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty!
For the past nine weeks we have journeyed together; exploring the beauty and splendor of a portion of the Names of God. Our hope is that you have enjoyed sinking deeper into the promises of God through the revelation of who He says He is! Maybe you have never experienced this before and like us you can’t get enough of HIM!
He is a wonderful and awesome God; the Great I Am, with us always, our righteousness, our protector, our shepherd, our peace, our banner of love and victory, the healer of our wounds and provider of all our needs! Although this is more than we deserve or could ever ask for…He didn’t stop there. God poured out His love for us by becoming man. This month we will dwell in the presence of Jesus and rejoice that He is God in the flesh…
Meet John, an apostle, a follower of Jesus Christ, chosen to carry the message of Jesus into the world. He was an eyewitness. He spent time with Jesus. He learned from Him and knew Jesus was the Messiah. John was one of four men inspired by God to write a gospel message in the Bible. His gospel opens with this:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” John 1:1-4 (ESV)
John’s desire to bring understanding of who Jesus was and is to both Jews and Gentiles of his day is a foremost theme of his message. The fact that Jesus was with God at the beginning of creation is hard for some of us to comprehend. That is the beauty of God. We cannot understand all He is capable of because although He became fully man, He was also fully God.
Hold please. So, Jesus is God and Jesus became man? Yes. He was God’s perfect revelation of Himself in the flesh. When John writes about Jesus being the Word it is powerful because it would have reminded the Jewish people about God in the Old Testament when His Word was used as an instrument of His will.
Let’s travel through some verses to deepen our understanding of what the Word meant to the readers of this gospel – then and now.
Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
Psalm 33:6 “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host.”
Psalm 107:20 “He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.”
Isaiah 55:10-11 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
As we connect and believe that Jesus is the Word made flesh, we can grasp why He, and only He, has the power to redeem, the power to save us from our sin. No other person has been fully God and fully man. He is our Hope and our Salvation. Hallelujah!
Holding Fast to Hope,
Scripture References: here. John 1:1, Psalm 33:6, Psalm 107:20, Isaiah 55:10-11