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

Rev. Hernandes Dias Lopes grew up in a Christian home in Brazil. Following his 1981 graduation from Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul in Campinas, Brazil, he served two congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Brazil. In 2000, he earned a doctor of ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Rev. Lopes has been the voice of the television program Verdade e Vida (“Truth and Life”) since 2006. In 2010 he was appointed Portuguese ministry leader for Back to God Ministries International. Rev. Lopes and his wife, Tinha, have two college-age children.

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