After reflecting on John 1:1-18 this past week, my hunger to know Jesus – to draw closer, to see more clearly, to love more deeply – has intensified. So, yesterday afternoon I contemplated what I might do about this growing ache.
The answer came quickly – keep going in the Gospel according to John. Keep reading. The place for seeking Jesus is in the Scriptures that speak so clearly about him. For it is there where John will continue to paint the portrait of the Son of God, and Son of Man.
Already the joyful labor of studying the Scriptures has yielded a harvest in my heart, soul, and mind. These words from John the Baptist were a particularly powerful statement on Christ:
John 3.31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. 33 Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
To see the Father clearly, what better testimony could I hear than that of the Son, who was with God, has seen God, has heard directly from God, and is God.
I’ve just begun my journey with the Apostle John. I encourage you to join me. If you would read just a couple of chapters per day, you’d be done with the book before the New Year. Think of it as an early resolution.
Seeking Jesus with you,