Scripture: John 1:1-18
Observation: John, a follower of Jesus, introduces Jesus as “the Word.” (“Word” comes from the Greek word logos, meaning rational thought or wisdom.) He says the Word gives life, brings light, and all who believe in him become children of God.
Application: Have you ever wished you could trade in your current life for a new one? I spent most of my high school years wishing I had a different life. (Let’s be real -- didn’t we all?) I was constantly finding ways to become – or at least to be seen as – someone else. I’d date different guys, find different friend groups, buy different clothes, take different classes. I’d try on new attitudes or habits; I’d give in to peer pressure. Although I wasn’t mature enough to put it into words at the time, my motivation was simple: I wanted to feel secure, worthy, enough.
So for years, my identity waffled from chameleon (my prayer: “Please just let me blend in!)” to peacock (my prayer: “Please just let me stand out!”) – I changed boyfriends, clothes, friends, classes, attitudes, habit, even morals. I was different on the outside yet I still felt the same on the inside – rejected, insecure, fearful.
And then one day, everything changed.
It was April 2009, and late at night in a dorm room, I said a prayer and put my faith – fully and completely – in Jesus.
And then, after years of searching and trying to do and hide and perform and become, I stopped searching. I was finally made new, reborn, launched into the different life I was always seeking.
Jesus was the One I was waiting for – and he was nothing like I expected, yet everything I desired.
Satisfaction doesn’t always look the way we think it will.
“He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.” (v. 10)
God looked at all of us – trying to mask our sin, hide our insecurities behind clothes and boyfriends, numbing our feelings and pain through our addictions – and he sent us a better way. He sent us Jesus, who wasn’t simply “better,” he was best. He was everything. He brought life and light to the darkest spaces of our lives and our world.
“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn, not with a physical birth resulting from passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” (v. 12-13)
Jesus revealed who God is – loving, faithful, firm but compassionate, honest but empathetic, driven, committed, gracious, merciful. He was the One we were waiting for.
Prayer: God, thank you for allowing Jesus to come and show us who you were and are. I pray I’ll surrender fully to you – recognizing you as the source of all life and light. I praise you for Jesus – my security, my affirmation, my hope. Amen.
Today’s Challenge: If you haven’t fully surrendered your life to Jesus, I invite you to make the greatest decision you’ll ever make: become a fully devoted follower of Jesus. There are no qualifications, no pre-requisites, but simply a desire to make Jesus leader and Lord of your life. You can start by opening your heart to God and praying this simple prayer: “Jesus, I give my life to you. I know I can’t do it on my own, so I pray you’ll take control. I declare that you are my leader and my Lord. Amen.”