The Master Teacher – Revealer of Grace and Truth - Wednesday, January 23rd
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 …. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. John 1:1-5, 14-18
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
We see from today’s Scripture that Jesus is the Living Word of God. He is grace and truth embodied. Grace and truth are realized through him. Through his presence, because of who he is and what he says, God is revealed and explained. This is what the Master Teacher did while he was here. He proclaimed grace and truth through his life and the words he spoke. The story of his life and his teachings became the centerpiece of Scripture in a miraculous blend between the Living Word and the Written Word of God. A significant part of Christ’s teachings recorded in Scripture (the written Word of God) are in story form (parables). The Master Teacher was an amazing storyteller. Can you imagine being here when he was here on earth and going out to see him. Picture being before him and listening to his stories. Now consider deeply the impact his presence and words would have on you.
But you and I were not there and yet the impact of his presence and words are available to us today in a way that is even more powerful than when he was here in the flesh. We are on this side of the cross and all he accomplished through his death and resurrection. We have been forgiven and made alive again spiritually. We have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit and through his indwelling presence, Jesus Christ mightily lives in our hearts and lives. In the sanctuary of private prayer we come before Jesus over and over again to bask in his presence and hear afresh the words of the Master Teacher and Storyteller. At church and in these Devotionals we have begun an adventure this week called 90 Days with Jesus that will culminate at Easter. As we consider the stories of the Master Teacher and Storyteller throughout be sure to spend regular time in the sanctuary of private prayer. As you bask in the wonderful presence of Jesus, let him speak afresh to your heart and life his amazing stories of grace and truth.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Go back and read Luke 15 and then spend time in Jesus’ presence letting him speak afresh these special words. Be sure to come up with your own prayer response to conclude today’s Devotional time.
Posted on Wed, January 23, 2019
by Ken Hart