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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“And declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”—Romans 1:4 (NKJV)
Some things are so important that they just need to be stated up front and before anything else. Such is the case when it comes to John’s Gospel. As John started to document his account of Jesus’ life, he led with an essential truth that is second to none: Jesus is God! He tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1 NKJV).
This is the foundational reality that any study of Jesus’ life must be built on. If not, if Jesus is thought to be anything less than God, everything breaks down. His words will sound inappropriate and His works won’t make sense. We will come away offended and confused if we regard Him as just a man.
He certainly was a man, but not just a man. There was another nature, a divine nature, giving Jesus absolute authority. To see Jesus for Who He truly and fully is, we need to understand that He is the Word, and that this Word is God.
The implications of Jesus being God are endless, both theologically as well as practically. It reorients absolutely everything.
Prior to truly knowing Jesus, we likely had the tendency to view Him as a worthy ally who might come in handy when our plans went sideways. We may have even sought to know more about Jesus in order to add Him to our corner, because, “When all else fails, there’s always the Jesus thing that might do the trick.”
That sort of thinking gets turned upside down (or rather right-side-up) when we understand that Jesus isn’t one of anything, He is the thing, because He is God. We don’t fit Him into our lives, our lives fit into His. All things now revolve around Him, including our lives. His words are the final word, and His will eclipses our will.
The sooner we have this established in our hearts and minds the better, which is why John starts here. He anchors everything else that He’s going to share about Jesus to this truth . . . Jesus is God, His authority is absolute, and everything revolves around Him, including us.
DIG: What truth does John begin his Gospel with?
DISCOVER: Why is this truth so important? How does this truth impact you at this very moment?
DISPLAY: Today, live out this truth by intentionally putting Jesus first in your decision-making, actions, and interactions.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.