Words from the Heart for Saturday July 7th, 2018
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1 (NKJV)
In the Beginning was the Word
The Gospel of John introduces us to the place of Jesus in the creation of the universe. We read in Genesis that God spoke and the world was made. Jesus is referred to as “the Word.” He is God. And, He came to give His life for the very world He created. Oh what mercy. Oh what love.
In 1604, the first European settlement north of Florida was established by French explorers Pierre de Monts and Samuel de Champlain, first on St. Croix Island in present-day Maine, then at Port-Royal, in Acadia in present-day Nova Scotia. Four years later Champlain built a fortress at what is now Québec City. Champlain allied the colony with the Algonquin, Montagnais, and Huron, historic enemies of the Iroquois, a confederation of five (later six) First Nations who battled with the French settlements for a century.
The Bible begins with a simple statement of God’s existence – “…in the beginning, God…. It is interesting that the New Testament begins with the same truth using slightly different language. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It is a sign that the New Testament is going to introduce to us something new. The God who had spoken throughout the Old Testament was, in fact, the Word. We are being introduced to Jesus, God the Son, who is the embodiment of all that God taught us in the Hebrews Scriptures and would teach us through His life. He did not come to share the Word – He is the Word. So what He taught is truth, and how He lived is truth, and how He died and rose again is the truth. He would go on to say that He is the Truth, and the Way and the Life. The God we know through faith in Jesus Christ is a God who speaks to His people, and the language He uses is love. How has Jesus spoken into your life today, through His abiding presence?
These have been words from the heart.