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The Word

March 29, 2009

“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 men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” John 1:1-5

What Jesus taught and what he did is inseparable from who he is. When Jesus took on human flesh, he did not give up any part of his deity. John tells us Jesus is fully God and was fully man. John tells us that Jesus was with God before the beginning of time. Jesus must be understood as fully God throughout eternity. Jesus deity is shown through the wonders of the universe that God created through him and in his mastery over it. His humanity is seen in his suffering as a man most notably shown in his crucifixion on the cross.

Jesus is the only one who is able to pay for our sins. He alone lived the perfect life that God required in the law. He understands the struggle between flesh and Spirit within those who are his. He is best able to intercede for us with God the Father because he is himself is perfect and at the same time understands our temptations for Jesus “has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.” Heb. 4:15. We find life in Jesus and his life is light to us. In the light of Jesus life we see ourselves as we truly are…sinners in need of a savior. When we follow Jesus, we avoid walking in darkness, for his light leads us toward God and helps us to see the direction we should go.

Darkness and light cannot dwell together. Anywhere there is light, darkness cannot exist. Let us always follow after Jesus, the Word of life. Let us always walk in the light of Jesus’ path that we may avoid the darkness of sin. Let us always look to Jesus as our example, remembering that he has provided a way of salvation by paying the ultimate price once for all. Let us remember that in Jesus we who were dead in sin have been made alive with him. Let us praise him in all we say and do because of what he did for us.

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