In the beginning, God
By Susan Orloff
April 30, 2020
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A few weeks ago I got a text from my wonderful daughter-in-law, Ashley, that was initially mystifying.
It simply said: Jesus is God. But before I could type back the obvious response (?????) an additional text popped-up below it: I’m reading the Book of John. And it suddenly made sense; because in three simple words (Jesus is God) Ashley had summarized both the entire gospel of John AND the collective wisdom of over 2,000 years of Christian theology!
Before we dive deeper into John’s gospel in May, I encourage you to stop and meditate on the most profound and breath-taking sentence ever written: “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus); and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
John brilliantly begins his book with “In the beginning”, underscoring the truth that the Creator God of Genesis and the Redeemer God of his gospel are One. Of interest, Word is translated from the Greek “logos” -- the divine reason or creative order. Our own word “logic” derives from this. John is telling us that (before time began) Jesus was the persona of God through whom Creation was ordered into existence and later redeemed.
The story itself is beguilingly simple. In the beginning, God created us with freedom so that we could be free to love Him. And when we used that freedom to choose darkness over Light (John 1:11) He launched the greatest rescue mission of all time – beginning with the nation of Israel, and culminating with the “Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us” (John 1:14) so that we could eternally become what we were always intended to be: the glorious “children of God” (John 1:12).
Ashley put it perfectly: Jesus is God – a truth that resides at the very heart of our unshakable hope!
Sheltering in Him,
“In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind”
— John 1:4
Prayer to start with: Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Things to pray for:
Thank God for the great and numerous mercies in your life
Pray for those poor and neglected people, and ask God to draw near to them
Pray that God would help you to know how to share his love with those who are neglected