Thursday, December 1, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 December 1

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made 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 1:1-14).

Today’s Morsel:  Of all the gospel writers, John seems to be more interested in giving his readers a clear understanding as to who Jesus was.  In his gospel, John uses miracles, parables, and stories to reveal the truth to his audience.  He begins his gospel by putting the bottom line upfront.  He said that God was the word and that word became flesh.  In his epistles written to the church he wrote in 1 John 1:1-4, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full”; and in 1 John 5:7 he writes “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." John knew that if he could get his readers to believe that Jesus was God, they would be filled with joy at the revelation of the truth. We, too, must repeat the sounding joy!

Sing:  Joy to the world! The Lord is come; let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and heaven, and nature sing.

Thought For Today:  Repeat the sounding joy!

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