We begin the last of four gospels today as we read John 1-3. John is known as Jesus' "beloved" disciple. John's book is different than the other three gospels we've read so far because it is more about Jesus' reasons for coming to the world, His purpose for being here...both then and now. You will notice, John doesn't share the parables, and he only mentions a few miracles. I found a wonderful study guide for comparing the four gospels in more detail at ChristianShepherd.org if you are interested. John definitely has a way with words, and we come to understand the intimacy of God's deep loving relationship with Jesus and with us. It's comfort for the soul.
God's word comes to life in Jesus. John tells us,
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.
These words were true in John's day, and they are true today in our lives too because Jesus lives forever. We, as believers, can see His glory and feel His presence. We have experienced His grace, and we know His truth. Today, I want to spend some time being thankful for that.
- Think about all the ways God's grace has changed your life.*
- What truth does God whisper to you again and again?
- Can you remember a time when you have seen God's glory at work in your life or the lives of others?
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
*If you haven't nurtured your relationship with God up to this point in your life or even if this relationship is all new for you, it is never too late to start walking with Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Talk to God about it. His arms are open. He loves you, and He is waiting. It will change your life for the better!
A prayer for today-
I am so thankful for Jesus, my Lord and Savior. Thank You for Your grace and truth. Forgive me for all the ways I choose my own ways and wants over Yours, God. I need You every single day. I believe in You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Help me to live fully in You and for You. Open Your Living Word to me. Thank You for all the ways you are working in my life for good and Your glory. I love you back God, with all my heart.
In the name of Jesus I pray,
Love and blessings,