In John, chapter 1, we learn why Jesus came into the world. We get His birth from Matthew and Luke, but in this chapter, we know even more about His coming. It is written, “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. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (John 1:1-5) “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” (John 1:9,10) So we learn that Jesus is the Word and Is God. He was in the beginning with His Father and all things were created by Him also. Only through Jesus can a person obtain eternal life. Only He can shine bright among the darkness in this world. Imagine what He can do through us as well, for those that truly believe in Him. He could truly light up our lives also, that people would see Jesus in us and then glorify the Father. Now, we know that the wicked will not comprehend His light, but we shine because He is with us no matter what, hoping that people will repent and come to know the Lord for themselves. It is my prayer that more people will come to know the true light, which is Jesus Christ unto salvation.
It is also written, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:11-14) “And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:16,17) It is sad that Jesus’s own people, the Jews, did not receive Him, but caused Him to be crucified. Now, we know this had to happen, that Jesus would be lifted up on the cross for the sins of the world. So it was all apart of God’s plan that the Jews did what they did, although we pray that many of them now will come to know Jesus as their Messiah and king. All those that receive Jesus into their lives are adopted into His fold. We are even called His sons and daughters! Praise the Lord. These are those people who are born again in the Spirit. And because of this God dwells in their lives. Jesus brought into the world grace, while Moses brought into the world the law. And we know that by grace are saved through our faith in Jesus alone. Keep your eyes on Jesus and look to Him this year and forever. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I glorify Your Name and love to think upon You. Thank You for Your birth and Your death on the cross. Because You came into the world, there is light and light abundant. Because You died for our sins on the cross, there is forgiveness and mercy. Yes, God, You brought into this world grace, which we are so grateful for. Thank You for saving a wretch like me, God. I would not be delivered from all my sins if You had not done paid the price for me. For this reason, I give You thanks and glorify You, God, in heaven. You deserve the glory for everything good that happens in my life. Even the hard and trying things that happen to me and my family, I give You thanks still. In these difficult times, there is a peace that is beyond understanding. I may not able to overcome the trials I face on my own, but You make it so much more bearable and often give me ways out. It sure is wonderful to have You in my life. All my burdens are made light. You take all my tears and wipe them away. Even patience do You give that I so much needed. I may have been burdened in my sorrows, but all this is in the past when Your love comes over me. I surely don’t deserve what You do for me, but I am sure grateful that You do care for me. Who am I when it comes to the millions of people on earth? This I ask, but still, my meager life is vital in Your plan of salvation. You love me the same way as anyone else. Thank You, Lord. Your love is what has changed my life. I love You so much. Amen.