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.
15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. John 1:14-18
Jesus, by his life, his teaching, his death, resurrection and ongoing intercession, makes known to us God as our heavenly Father.
The mission statement of YWAM (Youth With A Mission) is “to know God, and to make him known”.
That is a pretty good declaration of purpose.
And that’s exactly what Jesus did. His was Emmanuel, “God with us” revealed everything we needed to know about God.
In this “Season of Light” we’re on a mission to re-discover, rethink, re-imagine – who God is and what He is like, through the life of Jesus.
When the apostle John wrote this prologue, his memoir really of his life with Jesus, this was the promise he made – that God himself could be known through Jesus, He had been there, he lived these stories with his own eyes, and He knew Jesus intimately.
One of the primary names of God as revealed in the Old Testament is El Elyon (“Most High God”), it means He is sovereign of the universe, transcendent, mysterious, unknowable and “not like us.”
By contrast, Jesus is God in the flesh. He is “knowable.” We could see him, we could touch him, and we could hear his voice. He was “real”, he was not an abstract idea.
Eugene Peterson describes Jesus as a living breathing, historical person in his very fine theology book “Christ Plays in 10,000 Places”
“Jesus is the personal name of a person who lived at a datable time in an actual land that has mountains we can still climb, wildflowers that can be photographed, cities in which we can still buy dates and pomegranates, and water which we drink and in which we can be baptized.
Jesus is the central and defining figure in the spiritual life. His life is, precisely, revelation. He brings out into the open what we could never have figured out for ourselves, never guessed in a million years. He is “God among us.” God speaking, acting, healing, helping. Salvation is the big word into which all these words fit. The name Jesus means “God saves”. God present and at work saving in our language, and in our history.
The four gospels tell us everything we need to know about Jesus. And Jesus tells us everything we need to know about God. Eugene Peterson, “Christ Plays in 10,000 Places” (Part 2, 1:40 – 2:50)
The man Jesus made and makes God known to all humanity. May you grow in the knowledge of God, and in your relationship with Him. May this be your season of Light.
Lord Jesus open the eyes of our hearts that we may see you in all your glory. Reveal to us the Father, that we may know our Father the way you knew Him when you lived and breathed and walked among us here on earth. We ask for more of you, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Daily Worship Devotionals is a 5-minute podcast dedicated to studying the Word of God and hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit. Currently, we are following the Christian year calendar as our framework. We’re in the season of Epiphany – the Season of Light and exploring the early life of Christ.