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Abundant Life

As parents of three kids, one of the messages we try to help our children understand is that they hold the ability to ruin their own fun. If they are unwilling to follow instructions when we go to a fun place then we have to leave and the fun is short-lived. The ability to experience abundant life in Jesus is not much different. Scripture reveals obedience is part of experiencing a transforming, abundant life in Christ.

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John 2:1-8

The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
“Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.

Transformation requires obedience

Jesus attends a wedding in Cana and a problem arises. Party supplies are quickly being consumed and the beverage is running low. Jesus takes ordinary water and transforms it into choice wine. What was required for this miracle to take place? Obedience. The servants needed to follow instructions for the transformation.

John 2:9-10

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”

The best life

Jesus transforms tasteless water into the best beverage. In like manner, Jesus takes a life without meaning and transforms it into one that is abundant.

In this act, Jesus changes the water of Judaism into the wine of Christianity, the water of Christlessness into the wine of the richness and the fullness of eternal life in Christ, the water of the law into the wine of the gospel.” (Morris, The Gospel According to John)

John 2:11-12

This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
After the wedding he went to Capernaum for a few days with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples.

Revealing Jesus

The transforming work of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life reveals the reality of Christ. Fathers and husbands, who were once abusive, change into the image of the loving heavenly Father and reveal the nature of Jesus. Angry and bitter women, making a decision to follow Jesus, reflect His glory in their relationships, expressing peace, love and joy.

The challenge

Obey Jesus and His leading. Allow Him to transform your life and experience the abundance of grace.

How can you walk in godly obedience today? Share your comments below.

Naming Jesus

Everyone bears titles and names. Most people have a first name, middle name, and last name. I bear additional titles: minister, principal, educator, writer, husband, father, son, and brother, among others. Of all the titles and names, follower of Jesus is the most important by far.

If Jesus were to select His own name, what would it be?

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Son of Man

John records a few titles for Jesus: the Word, the Light of men, God, Christ, Lamb of God, and Messiah. All these are titles used by others. Jesus calls Himself “Son of man” (John 1:51).

Who is the Son of man?

Jesus is the only person to use “Son of man” outside of Stephen (Acts 7:56) and people who wanted to know what He meant (John 12:34). Not being a widely known Messianic title, they asked Him about the name.

How does Jesus use the term?

The name is used as the heavenly Son of man coming in glory, and the Son of man suffering to bring salvation to people.

Daniel 7:13-14

“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.”

Dual meanings

Jesus adopted the name for several reasons. The title is rare and without political complications. The phrase also had overtones of divinity and undertones of humanity.

Son of Man combines the theme of suffering and glory. The name points to Jesus’ conception as of heavenly origin and the possessor of heavenly glory. At the same time, it points to lowliness and suffering. (The Gospel according to John; Morris, Leon)

Defining the Son of man

“The “Son of Man is the human Jesus, the incarnate Logos; he has come to reveal God with a unique authority and ultimate authority and in the acceptance or refusal of his revelation the world judges itself.” (The Johannine Son of Man; F.J. Molony, p.220)

Our Savior

Jesus, the Son of man, came in full heavenly authority to defeat the works of the devil, suffering and dying to reconcile people with God; being glorified at His resurrection and subsequent ascension. He is fully God and fully man, the God/man.

The challenge

Accept the Son of man and receive His gift of salvation. Share in His sufferings, experience a resurrected life (Phil 3:10-11) and experience His glory for eternity.

How has the Son of man changed your life? Share your comments below.

Follow Me

Online is a comical picture of Jesus sitting on a park bench talking with a young man. The caption reads, “No, I’m not talking about Twitter. I literally want you to follow me.”

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Are you simply skimming the words of Jesus, like a twitter feed, or are you purposely pursuing Him?

Following Jesus

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.”  Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown. (John 1:43-44)
Jesus took the initiative to ask Philip. Nothing is said of Him asking Andrew or the others. He went out of His way to enlist Philip into the “band of brothers.”

Philip the evangelist

Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.”  (John 1:45)
Philip acts like a torch setting another torch on fire. Experiencing Jesus causes people to tell others about Him.

Come and see

“Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.  (John 1:46)
Nathanael’s hometown is Cana, located near Nazareth. Their proximity may have pitted a rivalry. Philip simply replied, “Come and see,” not arguing but inviting.

Divine insight

As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.” “How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.” (John 1:47-48)
Jesus salutes Nathanael as being straightforward, someone spending time in prayer.

The fig tree is a symbol of home, with it’s shade frequently used as a place of prayer and mediation. Nathanael possibly had an extraordinary experience with God in the privacy of his home.

King Jesus

Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!”  (John 1: 49)
Jesus had a special insight about Nathanael. In return he expresses awe in meeting the Rabbi, the Son of God and divine King.The royalty of Jesus is important, even though it is veiled by his lowly life and death. By declaring Him King, Nathanael submits himself to Jesus.

The stairway

Jesus asked him, “Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” Then he said, “I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.” (John 1:50-51)

The phrase “I tell you the truth” gives substance to the rest of His statement. Jesus is revealing His link between heaven and earth.

He is the means by which the reality of heaven is brought to earth, making possible a relationship with God.”

Jesus

In this chapter Jesus is given several titles: the Logos (the Word) (v.1), God (v.1), the Light of men (v.4), the true Light (v.9), the only begotten from the Father (v.14), a greater than John the Baptist (vv.15, 26-27, 30), Jesus Christ (v.17), the Lord (v.23), the Lamb of God (vv.29, 36), he that baptizes with the Holy Spirit (v.33), God’s Chosen One (v.34), the Son of God (v.49), Rabbi (v.38, 49), and the King of Israel (v.49). John paints a glorious picture of Jesus.

The challenge

Jesus knows you and invites you to come to Him. Tell others to join you and experience more of heaven on earth.

Who could you invite to experience Jesus? Share your comments below.

Come & See

The first invitation of Jesus is “Come and see”. Come and see that He is good. Like a treasure hidden in a field or a pearl of great price, He’s worth everything.

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it! (Matthew 13:44-45)

Have you discovered the infinite joy of knowing and experiencing Jesus?

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Following Jesus

The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, “Look! There is the Lamb of God!” When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus. (John 1:35-37)
Once John’s disciples heard the declaration, they immediately leave John and cast their lot with Jesus. They are not making a tentative inquiry but a whole-hearted commitment to follow Him.

A visit

Jesus looked around and saw them following. “What do you want?” he asked them.
They replied, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
“Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day. (John 1:38-39)
Were they motivated by idle curiosity or by a real desire to know Him? When asked, “What do you want?” the disciple’s response implies the matter could not be settled in a few minutes. They desired a long conversation. Jesus invites the pair to “Come and see,” an invitation to travel at length.

The Messiah

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means “Christ”). (John 1:40-41)
After spending an evening with Jesus, Andrew finds his brother and announces he found the Christ. There were many claiming to be the Messiah during this time and Andrew may have thought Jesus another candidate. As John’s gospel unfolds, Jesus demonstrates He is the true Messiah.

Bringing people to Jesus

Andrew is found throughout the gospel of John bringing people to Jesus, starting with his brother Simon.

Experiencing Jesus leaves a burden to tell Him to others.”

A new name

Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter”). (John 1: 42)
Andrew, in his excitement, brings Simon to Jesus. Jesus gives him a new name, Cephas, meaning “rock.” (John 1:42) The name change points to the nature change made possible by the power of God. He was to bear the character of “the rock man.”

Godly character

Jesus looks past human deficiencies and sees godly potential. He looks at Simon, a impulsive, volatile, and unreliable guy and knows God can transform him into the person God designed him to be. Every time Peter falls short of his new name, Jesus refers to him as Simon (Matt 17:25, John 21:15, & Luke 22:31). Whenever godly character is not manifested, a new name in Christ is no longer upheld.

The challenge

Come and see that Jesus is good. Spend time with Him and bring others to the Savior. Live in a way worthy of a new name in Christ.

What practices are you putting in place to maintain godly character? Share your comments below.

New Beginnings

As a child my family started each day reading and discussing the Bible together. My dad read a Scripture passage and we all took turns praying. During one prayer time, I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior, to save me from my sins and lead my life. Several years later my dad baptized me, a sign declaring I had begun a new life with God. I wanted to follow in the Savior’s footsteps and publicly profess my faith.

Have you made a decision to follow Jesus? Have you been baptized, publicly professing new life in God?”

The Lamb of God

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)
All the ancient sacrifices foreshadowed a sacrifice perfectly fulfilled by Christ, a sacrifice approved by God. Jesus bore the consequences of sin in order for guilt to be removed, opening a way to God. John refers to “the sin of the world,” the cross of Christ is completely adequate for everyone.

The God Man

He is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘A man is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’ I did not recognize him as the Messiah, but I have been baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.”  (John 1:30-31)
Jesus was the God/man. He existed before creation and came to earth in human form. John’s baptism led people to repentance and to Jesus. John knew his baptism ministry would reveal the Messiah and remained faithful to his calling.

The Holy Spirit

Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him. I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ (John 1:32-33)
Jesus was baptized by John at the start of His public ministry. Followers of Jesus are baptized as a way to identify with Christ, declaring a desire for a new beginning with God. At Jesus’ baptism, the Holy Spirit came down upon Him in a form of a dove. This indicated to John that Jesus was the Messiah.

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The One true God

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” (Matt 3:16-17)
In a moment’s time, came the witness of the one true God — God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. A commissioning of Jesus into His public ministry.

God’s Chosen One

And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God. (John 1:34)
The descent of the Spirit on Jesus was the climax of John’s testimony. John designates Jesus the Son of God, God’s Chosen One. As His Son, Jesus reveals God in an understandable way. The prophets spoke for God, yet none could say they were “near to the Father’s heart” (John 1:18).

Confronting sin

John’s role was to confront sin. He raised the issue, pricked the conscience, and surfaced the conviction. He could not forgive, redeem, or eradicate sin. He pointed people to Jesus for cleansing, forgiveness, and renewal.

The challenge

Ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. Publicly profess faith by being baptized in water. Dedicate your life to Him, pointing others to the One who restores fellowship with God.

How are you pointing others to Jesus? Share your comments below.

Building Roads

During college I came home each summer to find work. One year I was hired by the city public works department. One job involved repairing roads. The crew left early in the morning and looked for streets needing patch-work. We were especially busy before the Independence Day celebration, knowing the parade-route needed perfect conditions.

John the Baptist was a road builder for Jesus. He went before Him, preparing the roadway for His message.

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Who are you?

This was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Temple assistants from Jerusalem to ask John, “Who are you?” (John 1:19)
An official delegation from the Temple asks John to reveal his identity. He was a puzzle. He did not conform. The officials wanted to know more about him. His unusual success required explanation.

Messianic expectations

He came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah.” (John 1:20)
John understood there were Messianic speculations in the air, but he denies being him. The Baptist continually claims a subordinate position.

Bearing witness

“Well then, who are you?” they asked. “Are you Elijah?” “No,” he replied. “Are you the Prophet we are expecting?” “No.” “Then who are you? We need an answer for those who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?” (John 1:21-22)
John’s answers are short and direct. Did he dislike talking about himself? He came to bear witness about another.

The voice

John replied in the words of the prophet Isaiah: “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!’ ” (John 1:23)
Clearing the way refers to preparing a road for the king through open and uneven territory. The highway needed to be smooth. John is a “roadbuilder” for One greater than he, someone coming to bring a fuller revelation.

John is a voice while Jesus is the Word. John’s function was to point people to Jesus.”

In need of cleansing

Then the Pharisees who had been sent asked him, “If you aren’t the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet, what right do you have to baptize?” (John 1:24-25)
Baptism was a ceremonial removal of worldly pollutants. In John’s case the practice was applied to Jews. Religious authorities were willing to accept that Gentiles were defiled and needed cleansing, but putting Jews in the same category was shameful. John preached repentance for Jews as well as Gentiles.

Not worthy

John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not recognize. Though his ministry follows mine, I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandal.” (John 1:26-27)
John is clear that his baptism is not an end in itself. The purpose was pointing people to the Messiah. Of whom he was not worthy to remove His sandals.

Removing footwear was a slave’s responsibility, something disciples were not expected to perform. Disciples did numerous small services for their Rabbi in lieu of payment. A rabbinic saying declared, “Every service which a slave performs for his master shall a disciple do for his teacher except the loosing of his sandal-thong.” John selected the very task considered menial for disciples, and thought himself unworthy to perform it.

The place of John’s ministry

This encounter took place in Bethany, an area east of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing. (John 1:28)

The challenge

Humbly serve as a “roadbuilder” for Jesus. Make a way for Him to come into the lives of those around you by your life and witness. Everyone needs a clear roadway to Jesus.

In what ways are you building a roadway to Jesus? Share your comments below.

The Grace of God

Roof shingles make great frisbees, or so I thought as a child. While walking through our neighborhood with a friend, I saw one laying on the road, picked it up and gave it a good throw. It flew well but unfortunately wound up hitting a window, causing it to shatter. For reasons I still don’t fully know my friend took the blame and paid for the broken window. I was the recipient of unwarranted grace.

Have you ever experienced grace after doing something wrong?

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A greater One

John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’ ” (John 1:15)

In antiquity chronological priority meant superiority. John indicates a reversal in the case of John the Baptist and Jesus. Till Jesus came the Baptist occupied center stage. He who came later was “far greater” than the forerunner.

Before the Baptist

Though Jesus appeared on earth after John the Baptist, He actually existed before him, from eternity. Jesus was before John, even though His earthly birth was later. The preexistence of Jesus shows superiority.

Blessings in Christ

From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. (John 15:16)

Christ is the source of all blessings. God’s grace is continuous and is never exhausted.

Grace has no interruptions and knows no limit.”

No one knows where grace will lead, what blessings will come, and what challenges will occur. Grace means an ever deepening experience of the presence and power of God.

The Law

For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. (John 15:17)

The first five books of the Old Testament were divinely given to Moses. The Law made a way for sin to be forgiven through sacrifice and gave instruction for living. People, however, began to think they could earn a relationship with God by doing good. Everyone falls short, no one is perfect.

Truth and Grace

The Law points to Jesus, the Messiah. “If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me.” (John 5:46) Jesus came bringing God’s truth and grace to the world. Everyone falls short of fulfilling the Law yet Jesus offers grace, including forgiveness and new life. Changes begin and the Law is fulfilled by grace, showing the evidence of salvation by obedience.

On the cross

Jesus died as the Substitute for our sin. God knew the totality of our sins and placed them on Jesus. Although people deserve the holy wrath of God, Jesus paid the penalty. Jesus offers grace upon grace; an unending, loving, merciful, affection for the children of God.

Seeing God

No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us. (John 15:18)

God has never been fully seen. Moses partially viewed Him (Exodus 24:9-11) but God’s essential being could not be revealed. God is present but physical eyes do not detect him. Jesus makes God known personally. If someone wants to see God, look to Jesus. He is a clear picture of Him.

The life and words of Jesus are a revelation of God’s love and purpose for mankind.

The challenge

Receive God’s gift of grace and truth. Learn about God by looking at Jesus. He perfects faith.

In what ways has God made Himself known to you? Share your comments below.

Child of God

God took on human form. Amazing! He lived among His creation a common man, yet people would have nothing to do with him? Astounding! An opportunity to experience His divine nature is given and people decide to remain in darkness.

Are you living in the light? Are you a member of His family?

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John 1:9-14

“The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him (his name), he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”

The true light

Jesus is the true Light. Other lights may flicker with elements of truth or provide mere glimpses of reality. There is nothing unreal or shadowy about the Light that is Christ. He brings real illumination and is available to everyone. God reveals himself to all people (Rom 1:20).

Jesus & the world

Jesus is connected to the world (John 1:9,10), created the world (1:10), and has been rejected by the world (1:11). People encountered the Galilean peasant and may have thought, “Not very impressive!” The divine came in a way no one expected. The world missed the supreme opportunity!

The heart of man

Human nature defaults toward rebellion. Adam and Eve disobeying God in the garden of Eden is indicative of this truth (Gen 3). Psalm 2 reveals people’s rebellious nature, “Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one.” (Psalm 2:1,2) The book of Revelation records plagues and disasters God will use to push people into His arms of grace. How tragic people turn their back on Him. The people of this world worship the enemy of God, Satan (Rev 13:4, 8). Mankind remains rebellious until the end of time. They refuse the love of God and reject His Word.

Becoming a child of God

John reveals that although some reject Jesus, there were others who believe.

The end of the story is not the tragedy of rejection, but the grace of acceptance. God gave a gift, some received it, and became a part of God’s family. We enter this world as spiritual orphans and God has given us a way to become one of His own, adopted into His family. Those who believe become God’s children. He says,

I will take you in. I will be your Father. I will love you. You’ll be part of my family.”

Believing in a name

A name is a convenient label to distinguish one person from another. Not so in the ancient world. In some ways the name expresses the whole person. To believe “in the name,” means trusting the person. If you trust in Jesus’ name, you completely trust in who Jesus is, what He says, and what He did.

The miracle of a birth

When a person believes in Jesus, they are reborn. They move from spiritual death into spiritual life. This new birth is a miracle coming from God and changing the nature of people. A person’s thoughts, motives, actions, and desires change out of rebirth.

God in human form

The Word of God took on human form and lived among mankind. He came for a temporary visit to display God’s love and grace. He came in a humble manner discovering those who truly love Him.

The challenge

Receive God’s gift of grace and truth. Turn away from a rebellious life, run into the arms of God, and become a part of the His family.

Have you ever rebelled against God? How? Share your comments below.

Reflecting the Light

C.S. Lewis, in The Weight of Glory, writes about the kinds of people we interact with daily, “a society of possible gods and goddesses.” He encourages followers of Christ to live in such a way that people move in the right direction and wind up in the right destination. Believers should point people towards the Light.

To which destination (light or darkness) are you leading people?

John 1:6-8

“God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.”

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An important figure

Some of John’s followers wondered whether he was the Christ (Luke 3:15). Some were baptized in John’s name in Ephesus (Acts 19:3). Apollos was introduced as one who “knew only the baptism of John” (Acts 18:25). The Apostle John describes the mission of John the Baptist.

A forerunner

Verse 6 records John was sent by God to be a witness and bear testimony of Jesus. His mission was to point people to Christ.

A point of decision

John brought people to a decision about needing Light. His testimony caused people to start looking for the true Light of the world.

An awakening

The Word came to bring heavenly light, while John came to awaken people to their need of God’s revelation.

Not the light

John the Baptist was not the Light but pointed to the Light. Pastors are not the Light and church members are not the Light.

Believers simply reflect the Light and lead people to Jesus.”

Examples to follow

John the Baptist had a following and ministered to many, yet laid down his ambitions at the revelation of Jesus. He chose to decrease in order for Him to increase.

Dying to self

Followers of Jesus are to die daily (1 Cor. 15:31) and lift up the name of Jesus. Their role is to direct others to the Lamb of God who takes away sin (John 1:29).

The challenge

Point others to Jesus. Share the love of Christ by the way you live. People around you need to be awakened to the need of a Savior.

What are some practical ways you can point others to Jesus? Share your comments below.

Life in the Word

The more I purpose myself to live devoted to Jesus, the more abundantly I live. As I allow my thoughts and desires to align with His, the more I experience life to the fullest. Are you willing to let go and pursue an abundant life in Jesus?

John 1:3-5

“All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

The Word and creation

The universe is not due to chaos or chance. The world is due to God acting through his Word. Creation is His.

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Christ over creation

Apart from the Word, existence is impossible. “For through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see – such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.” (Col 1:16, 17)

Nuclear physicists willfully admit a “force” holds atomic nuclei together. They use terms such as “mesons”, “nucleons” and “strong nuclear force.” John 1:3 and Colossians 1:17 acknowledges the “force” is Jesus.

He holds everything together.”

The Word and life

Because of life in the Logos there is life on the earth. Life does not exist on its own. “He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils” (Gen. 2:7).

Jesus is the source of eternal life to those dead in trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1). In Him purpose and power is available to men. He is ultimate hope.

Life in Jesus

Jesus is the source of natural and spiritual life. John uses the word “life” thirty-six times. John states:

  • Jesus came that people might have life to the full (John 10:10)
  • He died so that people might have everlasting life (3:16)
  • He gave his flesh for the life of the world (6:51)
  • Only those who come to him have life (5:40)
  • Jesus is the life (John 11:25, 14:6)

The Word and light

Jesus, the life-bringer and light-bearer, is the light of the world (John 8:12, 9:5). The Word of God is the teacher of mankind. You have access to the light, whether you walk in it or turn your back to it.

Light in darkness

The world is filled with darkness, sin, death, separation from God, hatred, violence, jealousy, pride, and lust. The light is continually in action and shines in darkness; opposes darkness and dispels darkness.

The challenge

Allow the Spirit of God to transform your life. Pursue an abundant life in Jesus. Permit His light to expose dark places in your life. Purpose yourself to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and lighten up dark places.

What are some practical ways of bringing light to the world? Share your comments below.