John 1:16 ESV
Thoughts on Scripture and Life
While I understand and believe the concept of John 1:16, the whole process of God speaking words that brought our world into existence is beyond me. Adding to that, the fact that God who spoke so our world into being became flesh so we could know God in an intimate way is mind boggling.
What kind of power and love does this God have for us?
John 1:16 tell us about the mighty power of God’s Glory:
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”
I must confess that if it was my son I would be tempted to tell him not to go on this journey long.
I would consider the cost, give into my fear.
I would count my tears.
If I were a god, I would bid him not go.
But I am human, what do I know?
This IS a God full of grace and full of truth.
He let Him go, He let Him spread His wings and fly.
And more than that, He let Him try.
He let Him see a child’s wonder of life.
He gave Him parents, brothers and strife.
God watched Him grow.
So He would know..
…how human we feel and how afraid,
how unsure and how betrayed.
He felt it all,
then He took the call.
He ran the race
to give us grace.
The truth is, Jesus didn’t have to come. He chose to come so we would be set free and be forgiven. I think the hardest part of His coming would have been the “knowing” that at some point He would suffer and die.
I think He knew the outcome all along and He chose to come anyway.
I believe Jesus died for me.
I believe He died for you.
It was personal.
Each one of us matters to God. Someone once said Jesus would have died if it would have been just for one person, and I think that’s true.
I think God’s grace is real.
I think it’s free because the price has been paid.
When I look at all the facts and I count the cost, I am filled with an overwhelming sense of the wonder of God. I realize the glory of God is not just something we talk about.
Psalm 57:5 says: “Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.”
Isaiah 6:3 tells us: “And one called out to another and said,
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”
The glory of God cannot be hidden.
Everywhere we look we SEE the glory of the Lord.
We SEE it. When we open our eyes we can see it.
Today’s Spiritual Practice is: SEE
Let yourself experience the Glory of God. Ask the Spirit to show You His glory.
In God, Deborah