Text: John 1:1-18, John 6:66-69, John 21:25
Words are my love language. I love to read them, I love to write them, I love to hear them recited aloud. I love stringing words together on a page and rearranging them like furniture until it feels just right.
I collect books filled with words and line them up on my shelves. Even when I run across a book I dislike, I have the hardest time letting it go. For me, they represent a miracle of creativity and connectivity—something beautiful can exist that was not there before, simply by saying and sharing a collection of words. Those shelves full of books are like old friends. I find comfort in just knowing they are there (a heavy philosophy when moving time comes around).
When the apostle John describes Jesus as the Word, my heart does a dance. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1-2).
The Word of our God is so powerful that it was the only tool required for Him to build a universe of constellations and dandelions, jellyfish and tiny babies with tiny toes.
The Word of our God is so merciful that He Himself became a baby—the Word that was with God in the beginning “became flesh and dwelt among us.”
It’s the second part of that last verse that will serve as our touchpoint over the next 3 weeks:
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
- John 1:14, ESV (emphasis mine)
The book of John chronicles stunning miracles and shocking sermons and real-life encounters that point to Jesus like a neon arrow shouting in the darkness, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!” Friends, we get to behold His glory together through the reading of His Word for the next 24 days—what a privilege!
We’ll be reading a chapter a day of the gospel of John, with our regular “Weekly Truth” breaks on Sundays. (The John readings are even synchronized with #365DaysOfTruth to give you a nice jumpstart!) Biting off larger-than-usual chunks of this single book of the Bible will allow us to see the stories and words of Jesus in context of THE Gospel story, to connect dots of truth our hearts and minds have never connected before.
I found one of those dots the other day, tucked away in a single verse of Chapter 6—just after the feeding of the five thousand, the walking on water, and Jesus’ “I am the Bread of Life” speech to His disciples. John writes, “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him” (John 6:66, ESV).
After all that they’d seen, some turned away.
Faced with the living proof of the Christ, they still did not believe.
Jesus asked the Twelve if they wanted to walk away, too. I can feel the tension of the moment in my bones; I can hear the Spirit whisper the question to me. Amanda, will you stay? Will you follow me or follow them?
I love so much Peter’s response: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68-69, ESV, emphasis mine).
Friends, where would we go? There is nowhere but here, nowhere but with Him.
As we read the book of John together and see the glory of our God in the flesh, I pray that we will dare to stay and follow. I pray that we will believe and that we will know that Jesus is the Holy One of God.
He is the bread of life (John 6:35).
He is the light of the world (John 8:12).
He is the door of the sheep (John 10:7).
He is the good shepherd (John 10:11).
He is the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).
He is the way, and the truth, and the life (John 14:6).
He is the true vine (John 15:1).
Let’s begin the New Year discovering the richness of Jesus together.
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