Friday, March, 3, 2017 | 11:59 AM | by June
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning… The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
Have you ever wondered, if you had lived in the first century, if you would have recognized who Jesus was? People had all sorts of reactions to Jesus. Some rejected Him because He did not fit with their religious traditions. Some followed Him, but only at a distance. They were not willing to go “all in.” Some perceived that He was the Son of God and gave their lives in discipleship to Him. The Gospel of John teaches something incredibly profound. We do not have to wonder what our reaction to Jesus would have been, if we lived in the first century, we already know. Our reaction to the Word today is exactly the same as our reaction would have been to the Word made flesh in the first century. That is the power of the Word. That is the power of the means of Grace. God expressed Himself through the Word made flesh, who is the person of Jesus Christ. Today the living Jesus expresses Himself through the pages of Scripture.
This insight opens many possibilities in our life of discipleship. It opens the possibility of faith. In the mind of God there is no difference between Jesus speaking to disciples in the first century through His spoken word, and Jesus speaking to us today through His written Word. It opens the possibility of reality.
Just as disciples in the first century came to know the reality of God through literally following Jesus, disciples in the 21st century come to know the reality of God through following the teachings of Scripture. It opens up the possibility of adventure. The first disciple’s ordinary lives became an adventure when they began to follow Jesus. In the same way, God transforms our ordinary lives into a Kingdom adventure when we learn from Jesus through the pages of Scripture how to be a disciple. My prayer is that this month each of us will experience a new level in our life of discipleship to Jesus.
We are on an adventure. It is an adventure of mission. It is God’s mission. He chooses us to be a partner. This is the most exciting, most compelling, most significant part of our lives. We are at the beginning of our 2017 Outreach adventure. We pray for strength, focus, encouragement, effectiveness and success all to the Glory of God.
God be praised!