Beginnings can be a double-edged sword.
There is the excitement of starting something new and fear of the unknown.
When we think of the Bible and beginnings, it brings to mind Genesis and the creation story. It began so well, but took a tragic turn after Eve and Adam ate the forbidden fruit.
See the double-edged sword?
But there is one beginning that’s so spectacular and glorious,
everything except awe and wonder fall away.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1)
John’s opening lines harken back to Genesis 1:1,
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.
The Divine Word, Jesus, who was with God and was God, came to earth and walked among us. I get goosebumps thinking about the Creator of everything, stepping down from heaven to intimately engage with His creation.
Ponder that reality for a few moments.
So we wouldn’t miss Him, the Word sent a messenger to herald His imminent arrival. And the beautiful part? The messenger, John the Baptist, was himself a miracle from God. His mother was barren and both parents were well past the age for childbirth (Luke 1:7)
But The Word (God Almighty) had always been in charge and this was no exception.
No need for apprehension because the unknown was eliminated.
How was The Word described?
The Word was also our light. And He still is.
Look at the chaos of the world. The darkness has left the corners and shadows and walks freely and boldly among us. We desperately need light – this light, this Jesus.
Pause your words to read about The Word. How much do you need Him to make Himself, His light, more known to you? You will know when you read only His words.
Grab your Bible, a journal and pen,
and open your heart to bask in the presence of the Almighty!
1) Read John 1:1-18, then circle back and re-read verses 9-13 a few times through.
Answer these 3 questions in your journal from verses 9-13:
a) What do these verses tell me about God and His character?
b) What do these verses tell me about others and the world around me?
c) What do these verses tell me about me and my heart?
2) Close your time by praying for these truths to take root in your heart and for the Holy Spirit to remind you and teach you more about these things today. Be sure to write out any questions you have as you read! If you’d like to send your questions to us, we’d love to study with you!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. 4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was created through Him, and yet the world did not recognize Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. 12 But to all who did receive Him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
14 The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
15 (John testified concerning Him and exclaimed, “This was the one of whom I said, ‘The one coming after me ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.’”) 16 Indeed, we have all received grace upon grace from His fullness, 17 for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. The one and only Son, who is Himself God and is at the Father’s side—He has revealed Him.
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!