(This is day twenty of the Rediscovering the Christmas Season Advent Study that can be found here. You don’t have to start at the beginning. In fact, you can jump in any time or go in any order. Care to join?)
Read John 1.
If you have an advent wreath, spend some time reflecting and looking at the candlelight.
What is your favorite part about this chapter? I love verse 12. In fact, I stopped right there in my reading and read it twice. “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…” Oh my word. Do we really, really, really grasp that? God doesn’t just know who I am. I am His child. I belong to Him. I have a piece of His heart. I do things that make Him smile. (And likely frown, but we won’t go there right now…) He takes great delight in me. In me. Who screws up daily. Who can’t seem to control her tongue. Who can have a bit of a temper and get legalistic as all get out. He loves me. I make Him smile. I make God on the throne of heaven smile. Do you get it? In your own life, do you get it? Nothing will ever make Him stop loving me. I just need to sit in awe for a few minutes and soak that in. I’ve spent some time buying Christmas presents for our daughter, totally unable to wait to see the joy on her face when she opens them. God feels that way about me… and so much more! Blows. My. Mind.
What is important about knowing that Jesus is the Word and He was with God from the beginning? He is everything. He was not formed by God later to come and be a sacrifice for us. He was part of the plan before the plan ever began. He molded the plan. He knew all along. And yet… He still created us. Knowing we’d blow it from the start, that He’d have to suffer immeasurable pain as both Father and Son, He did it anyway. That’s something we don’t think about enough, the fact that He knew before He ever formed us that He’d have to save us.
“Follow me” is found in John 1. What was it like when Jesus asked you to follow Him? He asks me daily. By the minute sometimes, because I have a habit of traipsing straight off the path when I see shiny things. I can just seem Him snapping his fingers to get my attention and motioning me back to where He is. Sometimes I’m slow to catch on and He has to pull me off the edge of a cliff. Sometimes, I come straight away. And that’s when there is joy and peace. When I’m right there beside Him on that path.