- Shawn Gerbers
John 1:1-5 - We Have Hope
We can't pay for our sin, and no other creature can... so now what?
Read / Listen
Read John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Listen to passage & devotional:
Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 15
Q. What kind of mediator and deliverer
should we look for then?
A. One who is truly human and truly righteous,
yet more powerful than all creatures,
that is, one who is also true God.
Working with young kids is a fantastic way to learn how to communicate what you believe. I have been asked so many questions over the years, and I have really had to think about my response so that I can explain my answers to the kids in terms they can understand.
The questions have ranged from simple Bible questions like, “Why is the book of Exodus called Exodus?” to questions like, “How is Jesus both human and God?” and “How has God always existed?”
Those last two questions were recently asked by my son. When he asked them, I pulled up the gospel of John, and we read through John 1:1-5. After reading those verses, I asked him what he thought they meant.
Jesus has always existed. From the very beginning, Jesus was present, just as the Father was present, and just as the Spirit was present. As we continued to talk, I pointed out v3, that all of creation happened through him. Jesus is God.
The Christmas story tells us about Jesus’ humanity. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. It was a miracle, and an act of God. In Jesus, we have someone who is fully human, and fully God.
Throughout this month, we've been looking at the guilt of our sin, and the justice it requires. We have sinned against God, and we owe a debt to God because of that sin. As we have seen, we cannot pay this debt. It is beyond our ability.
So what are you to do?
There is one who can pay this debt. A mediator. One who is a true and righteous human, and at the same time truly God. This mediator can deliver us from your sins. There is one who can pay the debt of your sin! There is hope in Jesus!
That is what I want to leave you with this week. You have hope because of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. God has sent Jesus as a mediator to deliver you from your sin. Someone who is a true and righteous human, and true God. This deliverer can set you free from the bondage of sin. You have hope because of Jesus!
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: God of hope, you are our deliverer.
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: May I trust in the work of Jesus, knowing that he is a true and righteous human, and true God.
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:
Read the New Testament in a year, a chapter a day - Acts 8