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9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God...
is the human manifestation of God's creative word—"all things came
into being by him." Jesus is the incarnation of God's word of
wisdom—"the true light that enlightens all mankind." Jesus is the
embodiment of God's saving word—"in him was life." Jesus is the human
face of God's regenerating word—"to those who received him, who
believed in his Name, he gave to the power to become the children of
Response and Action:I
believe that Jesus is God made flesh. I believe that the gifts of
God's grace and truth are found in him. I believe that Jesus is Lord
and Savior. I receive him, embrace him, surrender myself to him, and
look to him in faith. I look to Jesus to understand and take hold of
God's truth and wisdom. I look to him for salvation, regeneration,
meaning, and purpose.
thank you for sending your son, Jesus, into the world. Thank you for
showing yourself through him. Thank you for the grace and truth we
receive through him. Give me the wisdom and the will to love and follow
Jesus with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. It is in his saving
Name that I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses:
1 John 1:1-3
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have
seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have
touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2
The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim
to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared
to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we
have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And
our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
Jesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels
See Part 3, Chapter 12, p. 409 for a helpful explanation of John 1.
by Darrell Bock