Thus the arc which John establishes at the beginning of his Gospel, that Jesus was there when the world was spoken into existence, and in fact is the embodiment of God’s Word, makes his story all the more remarkable. The Jesus we worship was not a man called by God. He was not a regular person with whom God endowed divine power. He is the embodied Word of God. Acknowledging this truth, or as John puts it “believing in his name,” helps to inform the scope of the Gospel message as we find it in Scripture. In the Gospels, it is God’s Word, fully human and fully God, who wanders the earth, God’s Word who heals, teaches and overturns, God’s Word who is crucified and raised. The particular moment in human history of Jesus’ bodily existence is cast in the greater story of God’s presence and engagement with the world.
As we consider who we are, it is important to consider ourselves not as people who worship a man who promised to make our lives easier or better or things like that, but that we worship a God who so loved humanity that he sent his eternal son, his eternal word, into the world to transform and redeem us! When we worship, when we serve, when we pray, we are not just engaging with the divine but also the eternal! Jesus Christ is the Word of God made flesh. He was there at the very beginning of creation and he shall be enthroned at its fulfillment.
We worship a very big God!
Prayer: Holy God, we thank you for sending Jesus Christ into the world. We are grateful that we have the opportunity to worship and serve him. We pray you will inspire and lead us as we seek to give him our whole lives. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.