July 8, 2018

What I read today

Numbers 21-22; Psalm 69; Jeremiah 3; John 1; 1 Thessalonians 4

Some days when I read it’s hard to decide what to write about.  Sometimes like yesterday it’s tough because the scriptures I’m reading don’t jump off the page with a “write about me” feeling.

I think I could fill a library with today’s readings.

1 Thessalonians 4 talks about a life pleasing to God and starts a discussion on the second coming of Christ.  Jeremiah 3 talks about God sending new shepherds and a new Jerusalem.  Psalm 69 shows David praising God in the worst of circumstances.  Numbers 21 shows how God saved a grumbling Israel from poisonous snakes and pointed to the Messiah.

That’s a lot of material.

But, John 1 is genuinely one of the most profound scriptures ever written.

We are taught early on that Jesus is God’s son.  We can wrap our arms around that.  God sending his only son to save us.  No big deal.  Our minds can comprehend that.

But in John 1 the Apostle John throws down the gauntlet.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” 

Hold on a second, did he just say that Jesus (the Word) was with God in the beginning?

He goes on to say, “All things came into being through him, and without him, not one thing came into being.  What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”

Hang on, now John’s telling us that Jesus was actually the creator of the universe?

Take a few minutes and meditate on those thoughts.

Not only was Jesus, the son of God.  He was with God in the beginning, and he was the actual creator of the universe.  That means that Jesus, the creator of all things, stepped out of Heaven, knowing that he was going to live as a human for 33 years.  Jesus also knew that in his final days on this earth he was going to be savagely beaten and crucified.  He even knew that while he hung on that cross his father was going to turn his back on him and punish him for the sins of mankind.

Who does that?  Who willingly walks out of paradise and subjects himself to that kind of pain?

Our Savior Jesus did that.

Today, think about what kind of love it took for the creator of the universe to do that for you!

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