In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. ~~ John 1:1-3 (KJV)
In most cases, it’s better to begin at the beginning. So we start at the beginning of the Gospel of John. We start with the Word. In this case, the Word refers to Jesus.
Jesus was in the beginning with God the Father. Equal with the Father in creative power, there was never a time when He didn’t exist. As we anticipate the celebration of His incarnation, we need to remember that Jesus is more than the baby in the manger. He is eternal. There was never a time when he didn’t exist.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. ~~ Genesis 1:1-3
The Word, the Word of God, the Bible, Scripture. This is our point of contact with Jesus. We have His words. As we study them, meditate on them, commit them to memory, we come closer to the mind of Christ.
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; ~~ 2 Corinthians 10:5
As we line up our thoughts and actions with the mind of Christ, we find a peace that defies circumstance. In a world of violence, we can rest in God’s sovereignty. Nothing happens without His knowledge. Nor without His provision.
Our sight is generally limited to this temporal world. He sees things in the eternal. There is no tragedy in this life that He cannot redeem in the eternal. We may not see that redemption this side of heaven, but it’s there none-the-less. And it can be a comfort if we let it.
Help us to study Your Word in order to understand Your thoughts. Grant us the vision to see and the hearts to accept what You would teach us of patience and eternity. Help us to focus on the Word as we anticipate celebrating the incarnation of Jesus.
In Jesus’ most precious name.
PS: If you want an example of the difference Christ can make in your life, I would direct you to Doc Lynch’s post for today as well. You can find it here.
PPS: I wish you all the joys of the season, the joy of
- knowing Jesus as your Savior
- furthering an intimacy with God as you read His word
- serving the temporal body of Christ in this world
- resting in His love and provision
- His salvation
May this Christmas season be your best ever.