- Prayer and Praise.
Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40,
so we start our journey of giving God time to work in us, by praying this hymn…
‘Breathe on me, Breath of God…’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5keJHZdWYM
- A Word in your ear.
John 1:1-5 … The Word Became Flesh
1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Unlike the other gospel writers, John went back to the pre-existence of Jesus in eternity, before He was ever born. To do that, he used the Greek word ‘LOGOS’, meaning ‘the reason why.’ It is translated as ‘the Word’, but that does not do justice to the meaning. John opens, talking about the Divinity of the Logos. At that stage, John doesn’t give the Logos a name. He is the creator who is with God.
2. He was with God in the beginning.
The Logos was always there in eternity with God. Before the universe had a beginning He was already right there.
3. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing made had being.
It was through the Logos that everything had a beginning.
4. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind.
‘Life’ itself was in Him. He was life and gave life. His life gave life. His life gave light to all.
5. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not suppressed it. (Acknowledgments to the Complete Jewish Bible.)
The light of the Logos makes darkness disappear.
The Logos was present in the beginning, with God…
-Was one with God…
-Made all things – Creator…
-In Him was life – He is the giver of Life to mankind.
In the next devotional, John introduces his first witness as to who the Logos is.
- Worship and Prayer.
“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
Other helpful suggestions;-
- The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
- The ‘suffering church.’
- Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)
- Today’s Verse…
Who is Jesus? John 1:1, In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- Today’s Challenge…
“When the light of life shines into my heart – is there any darkness there revealed, which leads me to confession?