Archive for March 16th, 2018

John 1:12-18

John 1:12-18 has John continuing to describe Jesus.  When we believe in Him, when we receive Him as the Son of God who was sent to cover our sin and set us free, we are transformed into the people God intended for us to be.  We are not made perfect here on earth, but we are set apart as sons of God.  “But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves”. We become what God created when we get to know Jesus. Our status changes.  “These are the God-begotten, not blood-begotten, not flesh-begotten, not sex-begotten”.

Jesus came to earth and became like us.  It was God’s plan for our redemption, but in order for that to happen, Jesus has to come off His throne at God’s right hand and live life like we do as human beings, suffering and experiencing rejection leading to His crucifixion, so He could die, be buried and then raised from the dead victorious over sin and death that we might be set free.  “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish”. There was no mystery or mistake, it was God’s plan all along.

John the Baptist spent his time pointing to Christ as the Messiah who was sent by God to deal with our sin problem.  “John pointed him out and called, This is the One! The One I told you was coming after me but in fact was ahead of me. He has always been ahead of me, has always had the first word”. He was faithful unto death to point everyone to Jesus, the true Messiah and God’s appointed solution.  We all live off his generous bounty, gift after gift after gift”. John makes it clear that Jesus is the only thing we need.  He is the answer.  He is way.

God has pointed to this time throughout scripture.  This isn’t a mystery, but a fulfillment of prophecy.  “We got the basics from Moses, and then this exuberant giving and receiving, This endless knowing and understanding— all this came through Jesus, the Messiah”.  God’s revealed his plan bit by bit through history, and now John is shouting from the mountaintop that the Messiah has come.  And God is showing us something that had never been experienced before.  “No one has ever seen God, not so much as a glimpse. This one-of-a-kind God-expression, who exists at the very heart of the Father, has made him plain as day”. God is doing a new thing, and that love, the sending of His only Son to become the sacrifice for our sin, reveals the very heart of God and His love for us!  What a God.  What a Savior!

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