Monday, March 16, 2009

The Light Unto The World

I thought it would be fun to provide a small Scripture study in the blog once in a while. A few years ago, I began a small workbook on daily devotions. I hope you take a moment to read this and consider the questions at the end and that it brings the Lord closer to your heart. Have a wonderful day, everyone!

"The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” Revelation 21:23

Jesus Christ - from before the beginning unto eternity. He was, He is, and He always will be. Never has there been a second in this vast span of the cosmos that He has not been. He was, before the beginning, eternally in the blessed Trinity. He was the First born of every creature, the express image of God. From the opening word of the Old Testament to the closing note of Malachi, He is spoken of. Each act of God, each word that was written down tells of Him. Creation reveals His majesty, His awesome wisdom and might, and groans in anticipation of His return. Men testify to God’s great mercies and grace that was bestowed upon them, and eventually all men will bow down to Him with the heavenly hosts who have always known Him. All will cry out in unison that only He, the Lamb of God, is worthy of praise and honor, for all will see that He is the beacon to forgiveness and salvation.

Recently, I received an email from a friend asking me to describe her in one word. When you know someone well, that is a difficult thing to do because of their many attributes and characteristics. It took me some time to come up with only one word to send back to her. Afterwards, I found myself applying this question to Jesus Christ. That is when true difficulty began. There isn’t enough pen and paper in the world to contain the words that describe Him.

Jesus cannot be summed up into one word, for within Him is contained all things: creation, emotions, wisdom, power, majesty, justice, mercy, grace. He is God. How can one put a label on Him? He is “I AM,” the compilation of everything that is good, moral and just. His very Name speaks of incomprehensible omnipotence. Our puny minds cannot comprehend God’s essence and nature in any physical form. But, He gave us His Son, the exact image of Himself, in order that we could comprehend. The plan that the blessed Three established before the foundation of all things was revealed to us through Jesus so that we could come out of the darkness and stand in His glorious Light for ever and ever.

  1. Read 1John 1:1-10. What qualifies John’s testimony regarding Jesus Christ?
  2. What three reasons does John give us in defense of his testimony?
  3. John speaks of false claims people often make. List each one and apply them to your walk with Jesus Christ.
  4. What remedy is provided in the text?