John, For God so Loved
Luke, rich with passion for Christ gave us all the details from His birth to His resurrection. We now read the gospel according to John, Jesus “beloved disciple”, who writes of the intimacies of a loving relationship with God that we can now have because of Jesus. “For God so loved the world that He gave us His Only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish.” (john 3:16)
John also helps us wrap our minds around the truth that this plan was set in place from the beginning of creation. Jesus, God, Holy Spirit are One-in-Three who love us so much that Jesus was sent to earth to die for our sin so that we might believe and be saved. The Holy Spirit was then sent to us when Jesus returned to Heaven to guide, comfort, convict and direct our path. All this because of God’s love for us. “We love Him, because HE FIRST loved us.” (1 John 4:17) has deep meaning for those who believe. It is not just a small verse to memorize as kids. He FIRST loved us and carved a path through the entanglement of sin and self to find the Way back to Him.
In Genesis, the first book of the Bible, God is presented as speaking the creation into existence. In deliberate parallel to the opening words of Genesis, John presents God as speaking salvation into existence. This time God’s word takes on human form and enters history in the person of Jesus. Jesus speaks the word and it happens: forgiveness and judgment, healing and illumination, mercy and grace, joy and love, freedom and resurrection. Everything broken and fallen, sinful and diseased, called into salvation by God’s spoken word.
We are in desperate need of fixing. The fixing is all accomplished by speaking–God speaking salvation into being in the person of Jesus. Jesus, in John’s account, not only speaks the word of God; HE IS the Word of God.
Keep company with these words, we begin to realize that our words are more important than we ever supposed. Saying, “I believe”, for instance, marks the difference between life and death. Our words accrue dignity and gravity in conversations with Jesus. For Jesus doesn’t impose salvation as a solution; he narrates salvation into being through leisurely conversation intimate personal relationships, compassionate responses, passionate prayer, and–putting it all together–a sacrificial death.
We don’t casually walk away from words like that.
John 1, The Message
1-2 The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
in readiness for God from day one.
3-5 Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for saving my soul and making me whole. I love you with all my heart, mind and soul. May Your Light illuminate Your Word and Truth in today and in the coming days. Transform us, Lord, by Your Word. Holy Spirit, have Your way.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.