December 12, 2011

Jesus, the Word of God

John 1:1-14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14


Jesus is the eternal, personal, and divine Word of God. The apostle John says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Jesus is the creative Word of God. Through him God made all things, and nothing that has been made was made without him. He is the life, and he alone has the authority to give life. He is the light of the world, the true light that illuminates every person. Jesus is the Word made flesh who lived among us. Jesus is God clothed in human skin.

In him, the eternal became tangible in time, the divine became human and came down from heaven to earth. Jesus is “full of grace and truth.” In him the Father’s glory shines in all its brilliance.

In Jesus dwells the fullness of divinity. He himself said it: “My sheep listen to my voice… I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:27-30).

Jesus came to reveal God. He is the exact expression of God (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus is God among us; he is God for us and “God with us” (Matthew 1:23).

Father God, Jesus is the most beautiful statement of your love for lost people. Taking on our flesh, he identified with us and shared our pain. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

About the author — Hernandes Lopes

Hernandes became the Portuguese ministry leader for Today's sister Portuguese ministry in 2010. He also serves as the director of the organization Luz Para o Caminho (Light for the Way), an organization formed in partnership between ReFrame and the Presbyterian
Church of Brazil. Hernandes has authored more than 160 books and is a popular and respected conference speaker in Brazil. Hernandes graduated from Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul in Brazil and earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary in
Jackson, MS.

Hernandes and his wife, Tinha, have two adult children.

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