Thursday, February 9, 2017

CCF: Jesus The Light & Life of the World

Bro. John Arradaza

The book of John is full of profound truths about Jesus and His deity, and John wrote it in a manner that readers would clearly understand it. Unlike the other three synoptic gospels - Matthew, Mark and Luke; the book of John is written in a way that is spoon feeding us with truths. Not only does it narrates the story of Jesus Christ, it also provides conclusion to the reader, so that we may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God and that by believing we may have life in His name.

“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” — John 1:3-5
John 1 takes us back to the story of creation - Through Him all things were made – that encompasses pretty much everything. All things, living and non-living alike were made by Jesus Christ. He made the heavens and the earth, He made the plants, the trees, the animals and He made you and me.

“God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth” — Genesis 1:17
Our universe is a manifestation of how big, magnificent and wondrous God is. All the gargantuan balls of burning gasses billions of miles away were made by the breath of His mouth.

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” — Psalm 33:6
Meditating about this truth may keep us wondering — Why go all the trouble of creating the universe and all that is in it? After all, God did not need it, He is all sufficient and need nothing from anything or from anyone. The Book of Genesis account us how God created everything. There’s one repeating theme in chapter one and that is God says it and it happens. God says let there be light and there was light. God says let the water be gathered into one place and let there be dry ground and it was so. He also said let there be vegetation and there was vegetation, let there be animals and there was so. This is repeated several times in the account of creation. However, when it came to mankind, it was a little different. God did not just utter a word, but from dust of ground He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” — Genesis 2:7
While God being sufficient and Almighty Himself, still took time to create all the heavens and the earth and every living thing on it including us, human beings, all because of love.

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…” — Genesis 1:31
When God looked at His creation, here is what He was saying, “What I have made is blessed and it is a blessing. It is good because it is an expression of Who I am.”

Each and every thing that is created was good and has a purpose, even the mosquitoes and the ticks - even those things that in a fallen world cause pain and destruction — they were all good.

Do you realise that the sole purpose of creation was the expression of the love and glory of God. God did not need creation — but His love needed an object to be loved. Love is not love that has no loving expression — and the immense love of God looked for a place to be expressed — and that place was you. All of creation is motivated from, caused by and is an expression of love. That is why it was ‘very good.’

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