Yes, He came to expose sin, but He also came to expose Truth. Why is it more important than anything else to be clear on who Jesus really is? He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.” It is deeply ironic that Creator Jesus was not recognized by His handiwork, even more so that even Israel (the special “son of God”) did not receive him. It is a time for giving, and a time for forgiving. That the light of God came to men. 4:4-6). We must do more than just say we care about people — we must show it. Redefining “King”, John 18:36-38 If not, read the Gospel of John and ask God to open your eyes to see the glory of Jesus Christ. Amen. 4. 7. Because of the Word—Jesus in the flesh—we are not alone on our journey. You were tempted to turn away. In the beginning, we would expect to see a star, a manger, cattle lowing, angels singing, wise men, and the like. When He offered Himself on the cross, as the sinless substitute, He paid the penalty for sin that we deserved. — John 1:14. If you have had an encounter with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, you know that they claim that the Greek text says, “the word was a god,” because there is no Greek definite article before “God.” Every cult errs with regard to their view of the person of Jesus Christ. He answered (6:68-69), “Lord, to whom shall we go? He went to school and got hungry. You may also like this Gospel of John devotional or this Love and Dating small group Bible study. What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? Although xxour finite minds cannot comprehend the mystery of the Trinity, Scripture is clear that God is one God who exists in three distinct persons. If you have not answered this question correctly, you are not ready to die and you are not equipped to live. The only way you can receive God’s salvation is to acknowledge your need as a sinner, renounce all trust in yourself or your own merit, and trust in the grace of God as shown at the cross of Christ. Grace is God’s unmerited favor, shown to those who deserve His judgment. Be the first! • Why is it important that Jesus lived as a man among us? It may not give historical details of his birth, but it says most clearly the heart of why we celebrate on Christmas. We can always trust that he is walking with us. Since the beginning of this month, we have observed many of the people who lived in the family line of Jesus. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. John sets out to answer this question for us. Daily devotional with John Piper. This verse contains the truth behind the story of the angels and shepherds and the Wise Men and the journey to Bethlehem that first Christmas morning. When you download this 1 John Devotional, you will receive an eBook that includes a 5-day devotional on each chapter of 1 John created specifically for teens. But Jesus didn’t soften His words. How can God, who is spirit, become human flesh? ( Log Out /  He also wa... Jesus teaches His friends about the Holy Spirit and His role in their lives. In love, you have come to walk with us through life and death to your house of peace and joy. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. • What can you learn about Jesus from this chapter? He is affirming that He is God, and doing so emphatically as we see from the word order in the Greek.”. In light of all that Jesus has done, how should we live in response? John adds these terms here because both are essential for understanding our salvation. 14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. December 1. . In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Do your deeds display your love? Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2006, All Rights Reserved. Surely, Jesus would have rebuked so serious a sin. ... A Christmas Meditation on John 1:14-16. The Christmas season lasts a couple of weeks after Christmas day, so don’t set Christmas thoughts aside yet, and take time this weekend to contemplate the sending of the Son, and pain, suffering, and humiliation that endured for you and me. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. '”) And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. Jesus claimed (John 14:6), “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” Jesus embodied the truth and lived in accordance with God’s truth. John 1. Why not? How can the immortal die as the substitute for our sins? 16:15), “Who do you say that I am?” Your answer to that question determines your eternal destiny. God has called you to love Him and those around you with intentionality. In him as life, and the life was the light of men. You were following Jesus when you came up against some hard words that you didn’t like. Thus He upheld God’s truth and yet could offer us grace. He hits you right off with the answer to the crucial question, the answer that perhaps you weren’t even aware that you needed! 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. Your actions reveal your affections.