"God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him." -John 1:3
In the beginning, Jesus was there. When the world was created, Jesus was there. He left heaven and entered the earth the way we did — through childbirth. Jesus was human but wasn’t an ordinary man. God sent John to announce Jesus’ arrival on earth.
The book of John records John’s account of Jesus’ life and ministry. In the beginning, we would expect to see a star, a manger, cattle lowing, angels singing, wise men and the like. But in the sweeping introduction to John, John doesn’t tell of Jesus’ story but ours.
Jesus is the initiator of everything. The universe, our lives, our salvation—all were created and conceived by Jesus. As if that wasn’t enough, in the most surprising move of all, John says Jesus entered into His creation, becoming a living, breathing human and walking among us. Don’t miss this: Jesus became flesh and moved into the neighborhood He created. He played ball down the street with someone’s kids. He went to school and got hungry. He scratched up His knees and cried for His mother. He grew up and got a job. He had a real-life, human experience.
Why would He do such a thing? John sets out to answer this question for us. At a wedding, in a late-night debate, beside the drinking fountain, at the local hospital, with a downtrodden woman, at the funeral of a friend and in other situations — John shows us who God is. All along, Jesus risks us misunderstanding Him in order that He might initiate a relationship with us. He doesn’t initiate a relationship with us because we are worth it — He initiates a relationship with us to give us a life worth living. In light of all that Jesus has done, how should we live in response?
“Jesus, help me see you. Thank you for valuing me so much, that you’d come and give your life for me. Let me never forget the price you paid to save me, and set me free. Jesus teach me to remember to always keep in focus and first in my life.”
After reading these verse, what can you learn about Jesus? Why do you think it’s important that Jesus lived as a man among us? How does that truth impact how you live your life among others? Serve others, with others? Forgive others? Take a moment to write down 3 things that will help you take the impact of this truth into action.