Although at Christmas much focus is on the gospel accounts from the beginning of both Matthew and Luke, I just want to balance that with the focus that John’s gospel brings.
John’s gospel begins as follows.
“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 nothing was made that was made.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.“
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-4 & 14
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.“ John 6:63
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” John 8:31
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.” John 14:10-11
“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” John 17:16-17
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” John 17:20-23
Jesus spoke the most important things that you could ever hear anywhere ever, and many of His words are written in the New Testament.
“And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” John 20:30-31
Jesus told Nicodemus the following:-
“Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:3 & 5-6
Jesus, who is God, is no longer a baby in a manger, but He is creator and sustainer of all things. As John rightly points out to us, we can only truly worship Him if we are “born again of His spirit” and then only if we worship Him in truth.
Let us each consider our own condition this Christmas time. Are you attempting to worship the Word of God in your flesh, based on the fictions and traditions of men? Or are you worshipping Him, as you do every day, in spirit and in truth?
Hope you are blessed by the song “You’re The Word of God The Father” (Across The Lands) by Stuart Townend on YouTube.
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