1 John

1 John 1:1-4

The Incarnation of the Word of Life

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.

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From the beginning: “In the beginning God” – Genesis 1:1.  The word God in this very first sentence in the original Hebrew is Elohim, and is actually a word for God that holds a plural meaning.  God consists of three persons: God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit; “the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” – Genesis 1:2.  The word ‘hovering’ in the Hebrew is in relation to a bird hovering over her young.  It is a caring and watchful motherly type attribute.

Jesus Christ, the second person of the Godhead  is God’s spoken word, which brings life: “And God said..” – Genesis 1:3.  He humbled himself and was born as a child here on Earth.  He is God, but was also a man.  Because He humbled himself, He chose to live his life on earth without all of his power, such as omniscience and omnipresence.  “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” – Philippians 2:8.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was GodHe was with God in the beginningThrough 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. – John 1:1-5

He was a child, living under the rule of his earthy parents, living in obedience to them until the day he began his earthly ministry.  Jesus was a man who dealt with the issues of daily life.  He was hated, loved, abandoned, rebuked, cared for, hungry, thirsty, tempted by Satan, and yet he was sinless.  His perfect life ended in an illegal trial and death on a cross.  Being fully God he closed his eyes, and breathed his last on earth, but though his earthly body died, his eternal body rose from the dead by God’s power.  He made himself known to his disciples on that third day after his death, and opened their minds to the scriptures in the 40 days preceding his resurrection.

John, a witness to all of Jesus’s ministry and resurrection, writes about the disciples experience with Christ, the Word of Life.  In this letter to the churches, John opens with the conviction that what he and so many others were witness to, has caused them to move forward in faith and in sharing this good news: Christ has died and risen as the ultimate atoning sacrifice for the many who will accept it.  This is John’s joy.  This is my joy.  To see another come to know my precious Savior is the one fulfillment that never gets old.

It is this saving grace that moves me forward each day.  Without the knowledge of my Savior I would be lost in this world of grief and turmoil, ever seeking but never finding.. “16 When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the labor that is done on earth—people getting no sleep day or night— 17 then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.” – Ecclesiastes 8

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” – Romans 1:20

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Lord’s Day 1, Question 1

1. Q.
What is your only comfort
in life and death?
A.
That I am not my own, 1
but belong with body and soul,
both in life and in death, 2
to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. 3
He has fully paid for all my sins
with his precious blood, 4
and has set me free
from all the power of the devil. 5
He also preserves me in such a way 6
that without the will of my heavenly Father
not a hair can fall from my head; 7
indeed, all things must work together
for my salvation. 8
Therefore, by his Holy Spirit
he also assures me
of eternal life 9
and makes me heartily willing and ready
from now on to live for him. 10

 

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