Join us this season as we shift our focus away from the typical holiday clichés to rethink Christmas by elevating Jesus as our CREATOR, the one born in a CRIB, who journeyed to the CROSS, and ascended to receive the CROWN as King of Kings. Make the Church Project daily devotionals a regular part of your spiritual rhythm of life during this Advent season and beyond.
The Fog About God
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God . . ." John 1:1
Jesus is the Maker. He's the one announced by angels to the shepherds of Bethlehem. He's the one who walked this earth for thirty three years. He's the one who was crucified at Calvary, the one who rose up in triumph from the grave, and who forty days later, ascended immediately to the gates of heaven which opened welcoming the King of Glory, mighty in battle and strong in power. He is none other than the Lord Jesus, the One who pours His Spirit out on all who receive Him.
The sheer effect of contemplating these things causes the heart to bow in holy awe. It makes the spirit swell with worship. It stirs us from spiritual sleepiness. It whets our appetite for the day when our glorious Savior appears. These are not just facts frozen in history, they free us from the dark, rebellious life, bringing us into the light of life. The advent of Jesus shows how to turn our backs on a godless, self-indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life.
It's no great surprise to find John declaring Jesus Christ is God in the opening two verses. Then, for twenty one chapters, page after page, word for word, he proves Jesus Christ is God. To make sure we don't miss the point, and that this truth is firmly lodged in our heart, John says all these things were written that we might know that Jesus Christ is God – and that we might believe in Him.
Knowing Jesus Christ is God clears away the fog about God for us. We can know what God is like. Because to know the Lord Jesus is to know God. There is no understanding of God without knowledge of Jesus. We also discover God is always like Jesus. We tend to think of God as vengeful and jealous and somehow Jesus changed God’s mind. Nonsense! In fact, the opening of the gospel of John tell us God has always been like Jesus. Jesus clears away the fog that we might see the eternal love of God.
What do you think of Jesus Christ ? Who is He to you?