Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The Word of God:
John 1:1-2, 9-14: In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. ... The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know HIm. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
From the Beginning
The Word of God formed the world and caused it to come into being. The Word of God didn't start the world with "pond scum" which then became a frog which then became a lizard which then became... The Word of God spoke and IT HAPPENED. The sun, the moon, the stars, our earth and everything in it started with "a word." The Word of God is THAT POWERFUL. And we are the crown jewel of The Word's Creation.
The Light of God
At the same time, he's also known as "The Light of the World." The Light of the World shines over all people and the whole creation. We can't hide from the Light no matter what. We can try. Why would we hide from the Light? It's simple. We are sinful people. Sinful people try to stay outside of the Light's view. Why? Because we know, deep down, that the Light does not approve and condone what we think, do, and say. So for those of us who believe in the Word of God and live in the Light of God, we stand before God and humbly confess our sins. We ask God, "Will you please forgive me?" And the Word of God and the Light of God says, "I will. I died so that you will live. I was crucified and took upon myself the Father's punishment for sin so that you won't have to. And I rose to life to give you life both now and forever to live with me in the Light and the Word.
He's Jesus: Who Else?
And Jesus is BOTH the Word AND the Light. Jesus is the one who became flesh like you and me and lived as one of us yet without sin. That happens because He is God. So when we see Jesus, we see the Father in all His glory.
So, instead of hiding from Jesus, come to Him when He calls you out of the darkness into His marvelous light. Jesus, You are awesome because You are the Word and the Light, Amen!
Pastor Robert Hemsath joined Faith Lutheran Church and School as the Senior Pastor in January 2017. Pastor Hemsath comes to FLC from Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX. He has also served congregations in Aberdeen, ID and Pocatello, ID. He has been a Lutheran pastor for the past 20 years.