By Pastor Connor Morrison
John 1:1-14 CEB
We are coming to the close of our first full week of Lent. Lent is a time that we turn our eyes to the life and death of Jesus the Messiah culminating in His resurrection on Easter. This scripture from John points out a deeper meaning to the beginning. Comparing this to the Gospel of Mark that starts at Jesus ministry, John starts all the way at the beginning of creation. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word was with God in the beginning. Everything came into being through the Word, and without the Word nothing came into being.” The Word has always been there! We see Jesus' ministry begin. A ministry that was amazing. The miracles, signs, wonders, relationships, and love in this ministry is vibrant and vital to the Good News. “The Word became flesh and made his home among us. We have seen his glory, glory like that of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” The Word is with us! As we know Jesus was not trusted by all, He was arrested, beat, whipped, spit on. He was crucified, died, and buried. “The light was in the world, and the world came into being through the light, but the world didn’t recognize the light. The light came to his own people, and his own people didn’t welcome him.” The Word suffered with you.
As I look at this thought of Jesus as the Word and the light, I realize the Good News of the bible. If the Word (Christ) has always been there, is with us and has suffered with us, then the Good News of the bible is not just contained in the Gospels, it is throughout the entirety of the Bible. In this day and age, we tend to try and fit the bible into the genre of a history book. Knowing history is needed but leaning on history for full understanding is a misuse of the Bible. I believe the bible is the Inspired word of God that directs the faith of the saints yesterday, today, and always. Today we must see the goodness of the Word that is still living and is so much more than just a history book, it is the foundation of our entire faith! This Lent may we cling to The Word.
Pastor Connor Morrison
Prayer: May the Word of God fill you with hope and joy, that you may grow in faith and love of Christ. In His holy name we pray, Amen.