I want to know Christ — yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:10)
Here on GUWG we have one and only one resolution for 2016. Here it is in 4 little words:
KNOW JESUS MORE NOW
We’ll be taking a deeeeep dive into each and every single syllable uttered by Jesus throughout the Gospels. We’ll start at the beginning and work our way chronologically to his very last words from the Cross.
Along the way we’ll ask ourselves two basic questions:
- Who exactly is Jesus?
- What exactly does he want us to do?
We’ll kick things off today with the prologue from John’s Gospel. Meditate on it. Marinate in it. Memorize it.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.
(John 1:1-5, 9-14, 16-18)
Did you rush through those words like I just did? If so, read ’em again. Slooooooowly. Let ’em seep deep into your soul.
OK, now let’s answer our two questions …
So, who exactly is Jesus? God in the flesh. That should blow our minds (and quite possibly our hearts). As the Bible says elsewhere:
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. (Hebrews 1:1-3)
So, what exactly should we do? Receive him. Have you reeeeally received Jesus into your heart? Do you truly know him? Do you truly trust him? Do you truly love him? The answers to those questions make all the difference in the world. If you can’t answer each with a resounding “YES” I humbly suggest that you ask God to open up your heart right now. Please please please don’t waste another millisecond.
Tune in tomorrow when we’ll discuss Jesus’ first words.
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