John 1:1-18 ‘The Shines, Even Now!’ 01/03/10

Theme: What begin with Creation is a Way to God, it is a light the ends darkness and enlightens the world.

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 He was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified to him and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’") 16 From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

From the Beginning, God has a plan with a purpose.

Long before we had life or cognitive awareness of self and life, God author’s life and life’s purpose.

According to John’s Gospel: God works with light and word.

Light: makes things visible, illumination

Word: What makes the light? The Word makes awareness possible

Where the light shines the word, life comes into being.

At the core of creation may indeed appear as a grand BANG of AMEN.

Let it be so. The Word Spoken: and the explosive power of God is released beyond the scope of any telescope, probe or physical journey of exploration or explanation.

The word: “Amen” does not mean, the end. It means: Let it be so.

Let it be. Let it live.

Let it have life, and have it abundantly.

Let it be the truth. Let it become.

>Interruption of this Theological Discourse with the introduction of John the Baptizer.. a witness testifying to the coming light.

His work is our work: To tell the world that God’s purpose & will

Is for us to LIVE

IN relationship with God

Through Jesus Christ… the word.

The gift that each of us is given that different from all creation

-Is our mind, our rational, creative, intentional, cognitive mind.

We are enlightened.. and called to enlighten others…

New Years Resolve: to become bright and shine for Christ.

In “knowing” Christ:

We see, by faith, the type of relationship God desires for us

Seeing God’s Glory through relationship

Full of Grace.. Love un-earned and un-deserved

Full of Truth.. Wholeness in Certainty of that Love

The Life for Rules and physical behavior needs grace to finish it.

Grace and Truth are found in Jesus Christ.

Note: vs18 Moses see’s God’s back-side, and Paul see’s the light.

Peter, James and John, Moses and Elijah see the dove, Hebrews saw Pillar of smoke and fire… More of a statement about the nature, purpose and relationship of Christ.

SO WHAT: Make all the New Year Promised You Want. There is none greater or more urgently needed to be fulfilled than is the need to make our relationship with God and God’s people.

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