Welcome to the first daily devotional for First Baptist Church of Littleton! We want to be an encouragement to you and help you focus on God in this time when we cannot gather as a church family. Watch and sing along with these worship videos!
Prayer from Pastor Sam:
Lord, I praise You for the truth that You are Sovereign over all things created, all people, all circumstances, all time. Thank you that though You are transcendent over all, you are also personal and near. You offer love and friendship, you’re faithful and true, and I thank you that though we can’t always see the good today, I know from your word that you work all things together for good—and I thank you that one day I’ll know that truth through and through when I stand in your presence. Please give us wisdom with the events unfolding, health if you would have it, minds that are set on you and voices that are quick to praise and point to you and slow to blame or complain. Help us to preach the Gospel to those around us as opportunity arises and to preach its truths to our hearts each day, especially in moments that we fail you. Thank you, Lord, for being the source of eternal life and hope, which you promise to never take away from your children. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.
It’s time to get in the Word together! Let’s focus on God to give us hope for the day.
Sometimes it’s the small things that can mean a lot. When we look at John 1:1, one of the most simple words that pops up three times is the word “was.” This word is incredibly significant to setting up not only this verse, obviously, but the rest of the passage as well as the whole Gospel. Let’s consider some things regarding “was”:
1. In the beginning, the Word (speaking of Jesus) was. That is, in the beginning, just as in Genesis 1:1, we have the same parallel implication: Jesus Christ existed prior to the beginning of all things created. Having no beginning Himself, He has existed eternally in the close unity of the Trinity, being self-sufficient, self-contained, self-fulfilled, holy and righteous, and yet creating for His glory.
2. The Word was with God. John is establishing that the Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has existed eternally with the Father (and the Holy Spirit). It differentiates from the last part of the verse because it is highlighting His personhood within the Godhead. This is significant itself because there have been heresies long-standing, often reused down the road in history, of Jesus being the first created being. Some certainly teach that Christ, if He is the Son of God, must be a creation of God, but this is not so, and John makes that clear right here in the first verse of his Gospel. Jesus has existed forever as a person of the Godhead, “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” (Phil. 2:6-7)
3. The Word was God. Perhaps to simply state the obvious, declaring that Christ was God doesn’t mean that He stopped being God. It’s simply to say that at the time of creating all things in existence, from which He is set apart in His uniqueness (one aspect of holiness), Christ was completely God in essence. Three persons, one God. So John establishes that Christ has always been God, He did not become God at some point in time; He did not stop being God at some point in time; He will always be God and He will always have particular roles in His personhood within the Godhead. We ourselves can never become God, as we are distinct creations created by Him for His glorious purposes. We can never ascend to His level of authority or detach from Him as though we could exist apart from His continual sustainment of our lives and paths, even after the grave. Praise Him that He made us, keeps us, came to save us, offered forgiveness, and if we are believers, is transforming us into His image on our way to an eternal home with Him in Heaven.
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Let’s finish this out with one more worship video and a few thoughts to think about through the rest of your day:
Why would John start out his Gospel with these claims about Jesus?
How do the truths of John 1:1 bear on the world and its circumstances today?
How is God presently calling me to serve Him and honor Him?
Have a blessed day! Please contact us if you have any prayer requests, concerns, or if you just want to check in!