April 8 Devotional

Just a reminder that today is WEDNESDAY 🙂 
Today we’ll be looking at John 1:1-18:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. 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.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
One of the commentaries I was reading on this section today reminded me of one of my favorite stories from The Chronicles of Narnia series. In the second book, Prince Caspian, the children are back in Narnia and are looking for Aslan. Lucy, the youngest, has claimed to see him during their journey and eventually is awoken from sleep by him calling to her. She obediently follows him and when she finally sees him they have this exchange:
“Welcome, child,” he said.
“Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.”
“That is because you are older, little one,” answered he.
“Not because you are?”
“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
The way Lewis could capture deep theological truths with his quips never ceases to astound me! You see, every year as we grow closer to God we will begin to grasp more of him, and understand the depths of his wisdom a little more. Obviously, we’ll never see all of it, but that’s ok, we’ll have eternity with Him to continue learning more and more about Him! The way that ties in to this passage is the bigness of Christ. Everything was made through Him, everything is held together by Him, and He continues working everything out for his good int he midst of everything going on. We know that any darkness we experience or witness in our world cannot overcome the light from Him. He is the true light (or truth) by which we find and discern all other lights (or truths). If we don’t know Him we have no hope of knowing the reality of why we’re here.
Yet God did not remain far off and removed. The last section reminds us this Word, this light, this God, took on flesh and dwelt among us. The phrase in Greek is literally “tabernacled” or “pitched his tent” (I thought that would fit better in Colorado, to remind you of when we could go pitch our tents!) Jesus, the one and only God-Man descended to us. That’s what we’re celebrating this Easter season, and what we celebrate every Sunday. God Himself, the author of the story of everything, the Creator of everything, wrote Himself into the story, the Creature became the created, to identify with us in every way. So everything we experience we can look back to Christ. Because of Him we have received “grace upon grace.” As I’ve thought and meditated over that phrase the past couple years, I’ve been continually reminded that we get grace heaped on top of grace! We can’t out sin God’s grace. God knew every sin we would commit before we commit them, but He still died on our behalf. Think about it, every single sin you and I have ever committed was in the future when He bore the penalty for it. But He still died for us. What an amazing God we serve!
This is another oldie but a goodie that I sang as I was growing up! It’s called ‘You Are My King (Amazing Love)’ You can listen to it on YOUTUBE or SPOTIFY.
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