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Passage of the Week – January 1, 2012

January 1, 2012

A new year is upon us again and it is a good time to begin things anew. Thus I plan on resuming regular posting on this blog. I will attempt one article per week along with a Passage of the Week on Sundays. To all my faithful readers (both of you) I hope to bring a renewed focus on what it means to be a man (or woman) of God in today’s world and what it really means to be a Christian Knight. Hopefully you will be encouraged.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

(John 1:1-5 ESV)

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 bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

(John 1:14-18 ESV)

This year I have decided to make an extensive study of the Gospel of John as part of my personal Bible Study and devotion. I am using John: St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary by RC Sproul as a guide and basis. This week starts off with the John 1:1-18 which is known as the Prologue. I may have more comments about Sproul’s commentary as the year progresses but so far it is very good.

Have you ever spent time pondering what these verses mean? Jesus’ divinity simply jumps off the page in the first couple verses. He is our creator God and nothing was made apart from Him. Without going delving deeply into the theological impacts of the Word suffice it to say that you cannot interpret or translate this verse in any meaningful fashion and miss the underlying premise: Jesus (the Word) is God.

Then notice what happens in verse 14, “the Word became flesh.” The divine put on flesh. Think about that for a moment. We just celebrated Christmas, which, apart form all the commercial trappings that we bring with it, is about the incarnation of the Son of God coming as a babe in the manger. The king is born and the Son is given. That King and Son is no less than God in human flesh. The Creator and Master of the universe entered into His own creation. This is the core of what John is saying in the Prologue. This Jesus that John is about to proclaim, is God. You simply cannot miss that in John’s Gospel (or his epistles for that matter.)

The message is very simple but very profound. As such the application is to ponder the King we serve and understand who He is. As we stand at the beginning of another year let’s maintain focus on whom we serve. Like the knights of old, we serve a King. This King is Jesus and He is God. Serve Him with awe and reverence and always remember that we do not serve a man or organization but the King of kings and Lord of lords.

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