He Must Become Greater; I Must Become Less (The Gospel According to John )

Have you ever experienced clapping for someone else but you have this nagging feeling inside that you deserved it more? Have you ever tried going through the day without comparing yourself with someone else?
 
In today’s society, we are being fed with ideas of competition and dissatisfaction which is a far cry from what God would’ve wanted from us. As we continue to study the book of John, let us shift our focus from Jesus to John, and let us open our hearts and minds as we learn from him who faced, fought, and won the temptation of jealousy.

The Life of John the Baptist

“He must become greater; I must become less.” This is not just any popular saying. This is actually found in John 3:30, and the one who said it was no other than John the Baptist.

John the Baptist was the first prophet to emerge after the silent years (around 400 years). His birth was prophesied 700 years before (Malachi 4:5-6 and Isaiah 40:3-5). He was the messenger in Malachi; He was the voice crying out in the desert in Isaiah. John the Baptist was baptizing people for repentance. He was preparing the way for the Lord.

Both John and Jesus preached and baptized in the Judean countryside. For John’s disciples, they felt like there was a competition going on and they were disheartened because they noticed that the attention has now shifted from John to Jesus.
 
This was an opportunity for temptation to set in: the temptation to be jealous of someone’s success. How did John react to this prodding of his disciples? Did he allow it to blur his vision, or did he continue to fix his eyes on the Messiah?

We Were Called to Complete, and Not to Compete (John 3:25-27)

Our society is structured to compel us to measure our achievements against those of others. Every day we see competition: in the government, workplaces, schools, playground, and even at home. We sometimes compete with the smallest matter.

For the same reason, the spirit of jealousy sometimes enters the churches – this is not the physical church, but the believers themselves. John’s mission was to point to the people who the Messiah is. But because of the competitiveness of his disciples, they lost sight of their mission.

In the race that we are running, let us not forget our purpose. Let us not lose sight of where we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to do.  Pastora Noreen throws these two questions at us:

“What is the use of running fast if we’re going in the wrong direction?”

“What is the use of finishing first if we ended at the wrong place?”

When we are so caught up with running the race at full speed, we tend to lose our focus, our direction. In life’s race, speed doesn’t matter. What matters is that you don’t forget your calling.

Allow God to Be In Control

You don’t steer away from what God has called you for. In being fast in the race, you may accumulate a lot of worldly things and achievements, but it may be far from what God has planned for you – you’ll end up in the wrong place.

In Numbers 11:26-29, Joshua was reprimanded by Moses for telling him to stop Eldad and Medad from prophesying. This was a result of Joshua’s jealousy towards the two elders who prophesied even if they didn’t go to the tent with the other elders. They also weren’t leaders!

1 Samuel 18-29 shows what happened to Saul when he was consumed by jealousy toward David. More than once he attempted to kill David. Because of his jealousy, the kingdom was divided and Saul’s family died.

To be jealous of somebody or even of a church is just a regrettable competition. Nothing good will come from it. When some people would like to attend another church, we should not be worried.
 
Instead, we should allow God to be in control. When we see people getting angry because they are jealous, we need to pray for them.  When we see that our hearts are getting angry because we are jealous, we need to pray about it. This is not the will of God for us.

Our Role is Not Our Reward – The Lord is Our Reward

We need to remember that in our life, we are not to elevate ourselves but to elevate God. To serve God is not to have more titles in your name but to have more of God in our lives. In John 3:29, John compares himself as the best man and Jesus as the groom.
 
His roles are that of a.) a messenger – the bearer of messages to and from the groom and bride; b.) the one who sends out the invitation for the wedding – making sure that all the loved ones of the groom and bride are in the wedding, and c.) to be the doorkeeper of the chamber – to make sure that it is the groom who will enter the chamber.
The parable of the talents tells us the story of what the three servants did with the talents the master had assigned to them. It also shows us that if you make the master happy, you will have your reward. Take for example the lives of these people: T.D. Jakes.
 
Before he became a pastor, he used to clean the toilets in their church; Chuck Swindoll wanted to be a part of the marching band prior to becoming a pastor; John MacArthur loved football but followed his parent’s advice to serve the Lord.
 
Through their lives, let us be reminded that the little things we do for the Lord will cause Him (the Lord) to elevate us. Jesus upheld John to the crowds in Matthew 11:7, and He will do the same to us. Keep in mind then that blessings flow to those who: obey, trust, and remain faithful in the Lord.

Let God Increase, and We (servants of the Lord) Decrease

Sad as it may seem, everything must come to an end. In the church or anywhere else, there will always be someone better than us. We must accept the truth that we are not indispensable.
 
The talents, gifts, and skills that we have all come from God so we do not have the right to become selfishly proud of what we were able to achieve. We must keep in mind that all glory belongs to God.
 
The center stage is not ours – it belongs to God alone. As long as it remains that way, there is nothing we should worry about.

As followers of Christ, let our mission be to live a life that points to Jesus. He has called us and equipped us – all glory and praise belong to Him alone. Let us be genuinely happy not for what we were able to do, but that what we did led others to Christ.

Brothers and sisters, let us not let the spirit of jealousy enter us. Instead, let us remember that we are called to complete and not to compete; the Lord is our reward, and we should let God increase, and we decrease.


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The Different Types of Mothers: Essence of Motherhood

Different types of mothers

Are there different types of mothers? Which type of mother are you?

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Miss Universe question, “What is the essence of a woman?” And the winning answer is always, “The essence of a woman is motherhood”.

But what does it mean? What does it mean to be a mother? What is the essence of a mother’s love?

Do you catch yourself asking, “Am I a good mother?” Or “Am I doing motherhood right?

Let’s discuss this topic today.

The Different Types of Mothers

Different types of mothers

To begin this discussion, let’s talk about the different types of mothers. And if this is the first time you’ve encountered this, I tell you, YES, the different types of mothers exist.
Let’s see here.
 

The First-time moms

First-time moms are usually the most nervous of all mothers. They don’t know what to do, they are grappling with what needs to be done and how they can be the “perfect mom”.

For sure, they want the best for their children but they don’t know how to do it yet. And they don’t know that being a mom is something innate and instinctive. They haven’t found out that yet.

But they should understand that wanting the best for their children is already a good start. And that motherhood is actually something that has been engraved inside each woman ever since humanity began.

How did you think humans survive? Thanks to moms! (Just kidding. No offense daddies!)
 

The Stay-at-Home moms

The stay-at-home moms are the most haggard of them all.

Long before feminism and women working has become a thing, there were a lot of stay-at-home moms. And people think that being a SAHM (stay-at-home mom) is the luckiest job there is to be.

Oh, but what most people imagined is far from the real lives of SAHM.

Here’s what people think:

SAHM just takes care of the baby. The only thing they do is bathe, feed, and let the baby sleep, and they are free to do anything the whole day.

Yeah, this is true, if your baby is a doll.

But here’s the reality for SAHM moms.

❤️ Wakes up early in the morning to prepare for everyone.
❤️ Bathes the kids
❤️ Prepares lunch
❤️ Wash the dishes
❤️ Wash the clothes
❤️ Iron the clothes when dry
❤️ Makes sure the baby is not falling off or bumping heads on somewhere or something
❤️ Makes coffee but end up not drinking it because they forgot due to the “busy schedule”
❤️ Want to sleep but afraid that the baby will suddenly wake up so they end up cleaning the house instead while the baby is sleeping
❤️ Prepares dinner before everybody gets home
❤️ Wash the baby when they poop and feed the baby on time
❤️ Barely have time to take a bath or eat or even go to the toilet to pee
❤️ Sleeps later than everybody else to make sure that everything is prepared for the next day

Is this true? Am I exaggerating? Ask any SAHM you know, I’m sure they’ll agree.

No wonder they are always exhausted. Give them a break.
 

The Working Moms

These are the moms who had to leave their kids at home, at the grace of a babysitter, to help make ends meet. And still, they are judged for not being there for their kids. (Don’t you know it hurts them, too?)

Are they less of a mother for not being there to take care of their kids? Of course not. They have to do what they had to do.

Their kids need diapers, food, good education, a safe place to live in, and clothes to wear.

And if this is the only way that they can provide these for their kids, then they have to do it. Even if it means not being there always with their kids.

And trust me, they already feel guilty about it even without people judging them and telling them off.

Of course, they would want to be there for their kids. They want to be there when their kids are sick or performing in a play. In every parent’s meeting or just dancing in the rain with the kids. Yes, they would want to – but they can’t.

Some of these moms are single moms who can’t lean on anyone else to provide for in the family. And some of them need to work to secure a better future for the kids.

And one thing is for sure – they love their children and they want the best for them and they are doing their best for them. Let’s give them a tap on their shoulders, too.
 

The Work-at-home Moms

With this pandemic suddenly happening, a lot of moms suddenly found themselves in an odd situation, where they have become work-at-home moms.

And although we can say it has become the common ground, the best of both worlds, the perfect cup of tea (or coffee, if you’re a coffee lover) for mothers, it comes with its own challenges.

These moms are now struggling with setting boundaries between work and motherhood.

Unlike when they are in the office, they can focus on just working, when they are at home, the kids can come in anytime they want. This is especially true now that the kids are not back to school yet.

This affects the ability of the mom to concentrate and focus on work or taking care of the kids. And this is a whole new level of chaos.

Does this make them terrible mothers or terrible workers? I don’t think so.

Trust me, they are trying to do their best for both their family and their company.

And by best, it means sometimes having to work outside their regular hours, just to make up for the time that they are not able to work cause the kids suddenly barged in crying because of their boo-boo.
 

The Perfect Mother

Oh, wait! They don’t exist. Sorry, nothing to see here. Move on!
 

The Essence of Being a Mother

Different types of mothers

Although these are different types of mothers, thrust into different situations and different challenges, there is always one thing in common about them.

Mother’s love.

And the essence of a mother’s love is always very evident on the level of sacrifice they can do for their children.

Only mothers can do this:

✨ Make sure the kids can eat even if it means not having any left for them.
✨ Give up sleep when the kids are sick to make sure they will feel better.
✨ Work two jobs just to make sure the kids are provided well and that they get the best education.
✨ Give up their careers to become full-time moms.
✨ Don’t bother about postnatal weight, a healthy baby is more important.
✨ Forgive and forgive and forgive – because they believe the best in their kids
✨ Willing to sacrifice their lives ever since the time they learned they were pregnant (just being pregnant already puts you in at least a 70-30 chance of death)
✨ Ready to accept their kids, no matter who or what they’ve become – because they will always be their kids.

You see, the essence of a mother’s love is that encompassing kindness, unconditional and sacrificial love, and the willingness to lay down their lives for their children.

There are no perfect mothers – we all learn as we go. But that essence of motherhood is inside all of us, women, and it gets activated from the very first time we heard, felt, and saw that little being inside us.

So, to all mothers out there, kudos to you! You are doing your best by aiming the best for your kids. And you can do it!

Proverbs 31: 31 – Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.


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The Gospel According to the book of John: The side of Jesus we don’t always see

The side of Jesus we dont always see

We know Jesus as love, but what is there is a side of Jesus we don’t always see. Let’s dive in here.

When we started the first chapter of the book of John, we can see that the main focus is about who Jesus is. He is the co-creator with God; He is the light. We also see Him as someone who is loving, gentle, and one who forgives – this is good.

But as we continue our study in chapter 2, we will not see the love and gentleness of Jesus; instead, we will see His anger. What could have made Him angry? What made such an emotion (anger) stir up in His heart?

In Chapter 2, John begins with the first miracle Jesus has done at the wedding at Cana. After that event, Jesus and His disciples went to Capernaum (around 20 miles away from Cana) and stayed there with Jesus’ mother and brothers for a few days. Capernaum will soon be the place where He will perform many miracles and speak at the synagogue.

But then Jesus left Capernaum because despite the miracles He has done there, many people still had unbelief. Even Jesus’ own brothers did not believe Him to be the Messiah.

Now in present times, we, as Christians, should not assume that our children would also become Christians when they grow up. Christian parents should be intentional in teaching their children about God and Jesus.
 

The Jewish Passover (John 2:13)

Passover

Jesus and His disciples went up to Jerusalem (around 100 miles from Cana) for the Jewish Passover. This was an annual observance of their ancestors’ deliverance from Egypt.

All male Israelites aged 12 onwards were required to go to Israel and visit the temple to celebrate Passover. Many Israelites near and far traveled to Jerusalem for this. 

As time passed, the Jewish Passover became a passive celebration where the spiritual context was no longer there. For one, the Israelites didn’t bother to raise, take care of the required animals and carry them all the way to Jerusalem for sacrifice because they can buy one at the temple grounds.

What would have been a time for them to remember what God did for them in Egypt was made into a shortcut. Deep gratitude and commemoration of what God has done would have taken place. Instead, they could just buy the sacrificial animals according to their background and offer them to the temple. 

Another is that the Court of the Gentiles has become the place where the selling of animals and exchanging of currencies took place. Gentiles who wanted to know more about God and wanted to pray to God could not concentrate anymore with all the animal noises and clinking of coins.

What would have been a place for them to meet God became a place full of distraction.

The sad thing about this was that the Jewish leaders were part of this. 
 

Jesus’ Righteous Anger (John 2:14-17)

When Jesus and his disciples came to the temple, He was outraged by what He had seen. He drove both people and animals out, turning over tables and scattering coins.

This is not the Jesus we are accustomed to seeing: the gentle and loving Jesus. We must remember that Jesus is God in the flesh entering the temple, and when He saw the actions and attitudes of the people in the temple that lessened worship, He was filled with righteous anger that He did what He has done.

What was wrong with what the people were doing? What could have caused this righteous anger to arise in Christ’s heart?
 

The Roots of Christ’s Anger

1. Religious Irreverence

This means that though the person may seem to be worshipping, there is no real reverence in God inside his heart. And if this attitude towards worship goes on, they will be sufficiently desensitized to the greatness and holiness of God. The manner of service we give to God is affected by how we revere Him.

If you notice in the temple grounds, many people proclaim about God, but in practice, they deny the reality of God. The place of worship became the place of profit. And the rituals weighed more than the reality of God.

2. His love for the Father

Psalm 69:9 says, “For zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.”

Whatever made the heavenly Father angry also made the Son angry. This is not just any kind of anger – this is righteous anger.

Application in Our Own Lives

 

1. Corporate Worship is important.

God wants us to worship him together. The way we worship reveals the way we think about God. When we gather together to worship Him, we make God known to the whole world and in the spiritual realm. In truly worshipping Him, we have the privilege of meeting God and that’s when we are fully and completely satisfied. We are touched by our Creator.

When we gather together on Sundays, who or what becomes the focus of your worship? We must remember that true and pure worship focuses on God alone.
 

2. We are the temple of God

In John 2: 18-22, Jesus’ authority was questioned by the Jewish leaders. They were more focused on having a good life rather than having a good heart. But Jesus’ answer showed them that He is the temple and that he will die, but will rise again after 3 days.

They will not be able to fully understand this until Jesus’ resurrection. Colossians 2:9-10 states that:

9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.”

Jesus said that He is the temple, and since we are in Him, we too have become the temples of God. See the Bible verses below.

1 Cor 3:16 says;

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”

2 Cor 6:16;

16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:

“I will live with them
    and walk among them,
I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.”

Come as you are – Live as you should

Throughout the gospel of John, we can see that anyone can come to Christ. No matter who you are or what you have done – as long as you know something is wrong with your life and you desire freedom, you can always come to Christ.

But when you do come to Christ, be assured that He will not allow you to remain as you are. You have become His temple and He will cleanse your heart from all the clutter that may be defiling or corrupting the temple courts. He will remove anything that would hinder you from doing true and pure worship.

When we as individuals, pray, read, and meditate on His word every day as our personal worship, we can come together in corporate worship with one heart and one voice, in genuine reverence of His holy presence.

 
We’d love to pray with you. Message us at +1 (707) 600 – 6010 or leave us a message on our Jesus Reigns Ministries Facebook page or DM us on Instagram @jrmvallejo.

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Importance of teaching our kids

The Importance of Teaching Our Kids the Word of God

Importance of teaching our kids

“Train up a child the way he should go, and when he grows old, he will never depart from it” – Proverbs 22:6. – The importance of teaching our kids.

This is quite a popular verse, especially when it comes to the topic of parenting. When someone asks for advice on how we should discipline our kids or raise up our children, this is definitely the go-to verse for most of us.

But what does this really mean? How deep does this go in our lives?

Why do we see pastor’s children go astray when they grew up in the word of God? Why do we see “Christians” who’ve turned against the will of God when they grew up in the faith?

Does it mean their parents didn’t teach them the way they should go? Or that the Word of God is no use for them?

Let me tell you a story about how this verse became true to the life of a man named Matthew and his sister, Mae.

We can all be lost – even the strongest

the importance of teaching our kids
Matthew grew up in a Christian family. His father is a very Christ-centered and good man. His mother is also a strong believer who works in the ministry with his father. They are both strong and faithful Christians and very good people, too. Whenever they see someone in need, they are ready to help, even if it means having less than what they need. And because of this, they were blessed.

They were not super-rich, but God blessed his mom and dad with jobs that can supply their needs and sometimes, their wants.

Matthew has an older sister, Mae and they both grew up going to church every Sunday. They even participated in church ministries.

Mae was gifted with the gift of singing and so, she became part of the church worship team. Matthew, on the other hand, grew a passion for learning the drums. And so, he practiced with the musicians and soon became part of the music team.

They were also both going to a Christian school and were surrounded by believers. Everything was going well.

But not until Mae started high school. And soon after, Matthew followed her, too. It was when their paths began to go the wrong way.

The influence of the world

the importance of teaching our kids

Let’s continue the story. Mae, who grew up beautiful and with talents, started to discover the joy of worldly things and desires. It was not long before she started going out with friends, joining pageants, and getting into the wrong relationships.

Matthew, on the other hand, got new friends, non-believers, and had learned the ways of the world. He started drinking out with friends, smoking, and cutting classes. He started to get into trouble.

All of these were happening in the background, even though they still go to church every Sunday. Their parents tried their best to remind Mae and Matthew with love, about the word of God and how that God wants the best for them.

Every Sunday, they heard the word of God, but it seemed like their hearts grew callous that it doesn’t penetrate to their hearts anymore. And they continued with their worldly ways.

Their parents, however, didn’t stop reminding them and praying for them – keeping faith that God will reveal himself to them, at the right time.

The seeds of faith can still grow in the dark

the importance of teaching our kids

And it wasn’t long before Matthew found his way back.

One evening, while he was drinking out with friends, he got really wasted. They were all wasted and drunk and can barely get up.

So there they are, almost dead-drunk, and out of nowhere, one of them talked about God and what they believe in. A drunk man, talking about God. Well, that may not be very unusual.

However, it was at this moment that Matthew remembered everything. It was at this state of his mind that he remembered everything that was taught to him, about the love of God. About how God is always there for those who call on Him. He remembered his parents praying for him and telling him how much God loves him.

It was at this moment that he found his way back to God. And since then, he started back to the path where he began, before he lost his way.

As for his sister, Mae. She got into a very toxic relationship and went on for a few years. It came to a point where she tried to take her own life and was rushed to the hospital for overdosing.

And during this moment, God revealed Himself to her – showing her what “unconditional and true love” is. And it wasn’t long before that God showed her the right man for her.

The importance of teaching our kids the Word of God

the importance of teaching our kids

What can we get from this story? What does it mean to us, personally?

As we relate this story to our key verse, we can see these four points. Let’s discuss them one by one.

Point #1: The Word of God is like a seed.

We have heard this and we fully know that it is true. The word of God is like a seed. To anyone who hears it, there’s a possibility for it to grow. This is the power of words. And actually, it’s not just the word of God that has that kind of power.

Even words coming out of our mouth has their own ability to make or break someone. As the Bible said, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue. – Proverbs 18:21.

This is why we have to be careful of the words that come out of our mouths.

Point #2: Children are sponges – they absorb everything

Now, take point 1 and connect this to point 2.

We’ve heard about this before – children are like sponges; they have the ability to absorb everything. They learn so easily from what they see, hear or observe.

This is why we have always been told to be careful what we say or do in front of children because they can take in everything.

And this is the same with teaching them the Word of God. Whatever, they hear or see, as we teach them the word of God, it remains on them. It gets imprinted in their hearts and minds. And even though they tend to put it in the back of their minds, as more things come in, it’s still there, in their subconscious – waiting for a trigger, for a moment to remember them again.

Point #3: As children grow, they are influenced by different factors.

We’ve seen this all the time. No matter how much we protect our children, time will come when they would need to go out to the world. And it’s very scary for us parents.

This is the very reason why a lot of children, even though they grew up in Christian families, find themselves lost in the world. They get influenced by their peers, classmates, schoolmates, workmates, and just about everyone else.

And even though we thought them the Word of God and what God wants, there is still a big possibility of them experimenting and finding things out for themselves. The words we tell them would never make sense to them right there and then.

Point #4: Not lost forever

So, what’s the use of teaching them the Word of God if they will just end up forgetting it and still doing the opposite of what we teach them?

We all have read about the story of the Prodigal Son. And if we did, we would understand that they can be lost for a moment but they will not be lost forever – not when they have the Word of God.

The same thing that happened to Matthew and Mae happened to a lot of us.

When we were younger, someone told us about the Word of God or prayed for us, and then we forgot about it. But when we were at our darkest, lowest, and humblest moments, that’s when it presents itself again.

This is the seed that was planted. The message that remained in our subconscious. The things that we were taught before we were influenced by the world.

God will reveal Himself to those who know Him

the importance of teaching our kids

The word of God is never lost forever to someone who knows or knew it.

Even though these kids will eventually get lost or astray, God will reveal Himself again to them when the time comes.

The things that we teach them when they were kids have a way of finding their way to manifest in the lives of these children, as they grow older.

And so, this is the importance of teaching our kids the word of God. It is so that they would not depart from it. It is so that, even if they get lost, they can find their way back.

Matthew and Mae found their way back. Most of us found our way back. And it is because of the Word of God that we learned as we were growing up.

God’s Word for Kids

As we understand the importance of teaching the Word of God to our children, our Jesus Reigns Ministries Vallejo church started the “God’s Word for Kids” live Bible classes.

This became very helpful for children who are stuck at home during the pandemic. With the goal of teaching our children the word of God, JRM churches in the US and Canada worked together to put up Live videos each week with lessons from the Bible, arts and crafts, and a lot of fun and exciting activities.

You can join us LIVE on Facebook every Saturday, at 11 AM PST on our Jesus Reigns Ministries Facebook Page.

See you there!


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The Gospel according to John – The greatness of God’s love and grace

love and grace

God’s love and grace – this is what Jesus showed on the cross. – John 1

How much do you know Jesus Christ? Do you know Him enough to build a relationship with Him – to trust your life with Him?
 
Do you know Him enough to let Him love you, scars and all? In retrospect, what is your personal take as far as the word Jesus Christ is concerned?
 
Now, if we look closely, there is a difference between knowing about Jesus, and knowing Jesus – having knowledge about Him, and having a relationship with Him.
 
So, how do we move from just mere knowledge to a relationship?
 
We read the Bible. We study it. Why? Because the more you read and know about Jesus, the bigger He is in your life.
 
As Pastor Serge said,
 
“Your maturity, commitment, and willingness to be a disciple largely depends on how deep and wide your knowledge is of Jesus Christ.”
 
Pastor Serge invites us to study the book of John. In the other 3 gospels, the authors focused on what Jesus taught and did, while in the gospel of John, it focuses on who Jesus is.

As we start the sermon series on the gospel of John, we pray that you will know Jesus on a deeper, more personal level. And may this bring you to a wonderful relationship with Him.

The Greatness of Christ (vv. 1-3)

Among the four gospels, John started with “In the beginning was the Word…”- a parallel to Genesis 1:1.
 
When God created everything, He only needed to speak for creation to happen. Everything took place because of the Word of God. Now John uses the “Word” as the same level as Jesus Christ.
 
This describes Jesus as identical to God and co-creator with God. This teaches us that –
  • Jesus pre-existed with God.
  • God was with Jesus.
  • Jesus was God.

What Jesus taught, and what He did, are tied inseparably to who He is.

John teaches us that Jesus is the “Word” of God, using the Greek word ‘logos’ (Logos means word, discourse, or reason).
 
Jesus is the message from God, in a language we all understand: RELATIONSHIP.
 
Right from the very beginning, God wanted to have a relationship with us. And through His Word, God wanted to reach out to us.

The Greatness of Christ’s love (vv. 4-9)

Ever since the beginning of time, Christ has always sought to reveal Himself to us. As it is said “In the beginning was the Word,” it shows that Christ has always wanted to communicate with us, to show us His love.

In verses 4-5, Jesus was described as the light. And where darkness is, light conquers. Therefore, just as light reaches out to every nook and cranny, Jesus reaches out to the very depths of our hearts and shines His light there.
 
This shows how much He loves us: no matter how much we have sinned if we let Jesus shine His light in our hearts, we have life in Him.

The Darkness rejects the light (vv. 10-13)

However, we find in verses 10-11 that the world that was made through Him rejected Him. How is that? It is because man’s heart was filled with darkness.
 
As Pastor Serge said,
 
“If you want to see the light, there will be more than enough life to see the light. But if you don’t want to see the light, then there will always be enough darkness for you not to see the light.”
 
As a believer, where are your eyes fixed now? Is it towards Jesus Christ who gives light or is it towards the world that had rejected Him?
 
Nevertheless, God still made a way for us to be in the light as it is written in verse 12. All we have to do is to receive Jesus Christ and believe in Him and we will become one of His own.
 
We will be called God’s children. We must contemplate this truth: Jesus, who existed before the creation, came to earth and became man. He was crucified and died, conquered death, and rose again. He did all this for you.
 
Only when we invite Jesus into our hearts and dwell in the light can we see how much God loves us.
 
Do you truly believe that He came for us? That He died for us?

The Greatness of Christ’s Grace vv. 14-18

The grace given by Christ will never be exhausted. Grace upon grace. What does this mean?
 
This means that wherever you are right now in your journey of life. And this further means that God’s loving-kindness, His forgiveness, His mercy, His acceptance towards us will never be empty.
 
God can always give us another chance and He can always give the light that He has promised us.
 
In verse 18, we learn that through Jesus, we can see God. He is the explanation of the Father. The greatness of Christ explains the greatness of the Father.
 
The greatness of Jesus’ love explains Father’s love. And the greatness of Christ’s grace is the explanation of Father’s grace.
 
If you want to come to the Father, come to Jesus.
 
Accepting Jesus is accepting God. And if you ask for forgiveness, God will forgive you because Jesus died for our sins.
 
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