Today Lent begins. I've been waiting for this day. Counting down the days. And Lent is finally here.
During the next six weeks I'm going to be diving into the Gospel of John. I hope you'll join me.
The Gospel of John is written to help people-like you and me-encounter the person of Jesus. I can't help but think of a better way to experience the next 40 days. The first chapter of John opens with a beautiful blend of poetry and theology. Unique from the other Gospels, John takes a more philosophical and theological approach to introducing people to Christ.
The first words begin, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it" (John 1:1-5).
This cosmic poetry reminds me of the majesty of a starry sky on a clear night. You could stare at it forever and always see something new.
The themes touched on in this beautiful poetry can be seen throughout the Gospel of John. The cosmic battle between light and dark or good and evil is one of the themes traced throughout Christ's story. From the beginning to end, evil will not overcome the Word of God.
That's incredible news that I need to be reminded of every day. When I start to doubt or question God's plan, the opening words of John remind me that in the end God wins. He is the source of light. He overcomes.
And as children of God we are all overcomers in him.
Anyone interested in diving into John's Gospel with me may enjoy Pursuing God's Beauty: Stories from the Gospel of John. Find it in the store, here.
What is your favorite verse in the Gospel of John?
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