Love’s Gift

God loves us and all His creation so much that He gave His Son Jesus the Messiah that we might be reconciled to Him! “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him, John 3:16-17. God is love, 1 John 4. Love is not only expressed in words but in action, love gives. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, Romans 5:8. God not only told us He loves us He demonstrates His love to us. His overwhelming love and affection for us caused Him to send His only begotten Son to earth to redeem mankind.

Jesus came as a real human baby. Not as a spirit only or a full grown man, mature, ready to lead and perform miracles. But, as a baby, fully dependent on his parents to care for Him. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father, Philippians 2:5-11. He came to His own and those who were His own did not receive Him, John 1. Jesus gave His life for us; He lived for us and He willingly died for us. That’s what Love does.

The Word

The Apostle John tells us that Jesus is the Word and He existed before the world was created.  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. Verse one starts out with, “in the beginning” and is the same wording as in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. Jesus is the Word and He existed before the material world and everything that has been created. The Word is not a creature nor a created being. The Word is eternal. The Word was with God in intimate union and the Word was God. Jesus the Word is above all and over all. Jesus the Word created all things and has power over all things including all sin, all sickness, all disease, poverty, lack, and the entire demonic realm! No lie, no perversion, no seducing spirit, no oppression, no depression, no demon can stand before the Word. The Word has creative power and destructive power. You cannot separate God the Father from His Word. Nor can you separate Jesus from the Word for He is the Word. Jesus the Word and God the Father are One. Jesus the Word gives full expression to God the Father. He (Jesus the Word) is the radiance of God’s glory the exact representation of the Father’s nature, Hebrews 1. The Father is fully communicated to us and the world through Christ Jesus. Jesus said if we have seen Him we have seen the Father. The same should be said of us, the sons of God.

The Life

In Him was life. The word for life is zoe. Zoe is God’s life, the very same life God has and the same life Jesus lived on earth. It is the life Adam and Eve enjoyed until they ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Zoe is the abundant life Jesus said He came to give us, John 10:10. It is a quality of life we are created to experience and enjoy. That life is in Jesus the Word. Zoe life is in the Word. We cannot experience this type of life outside of Christ, the Word. We must receive Jesus, by being born again to obtain zoe life. Zoe life is restored to us through the new birth and sustained in us by the Word and through the Word.

The Light

The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it. The nature of light dispels darkness. Darkness does not dispel light. It gets dark outside not because the darkness comes and overtakes the sun. The earth rotates away from the sun therefore darkness ensues. Darkness is the result of the absence of light. Darkness is a metaphor for all that is evil or simply stated, all that is not of God. Darkness cannot perceive light, overtake it or seize it. Darkness cannot stand in the presence of light. Jesus the Word is the Light of the world and He said that we, all the sons and daughters of God, are the light of the world. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them, Isaiah 9:2.

Our eyes need light to see. Without light it is difficult and even impossible to see. It is the same in the natural as in the spiritual. Jesus being Light enables us to “see”. To see truth and see what the Father is doing. We are light and as we walk in the light we are able to have fellowship with God and help those in darkness to “see”.

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin, 1 John 1:5-7.

Jesus the Word…period!

Nothing but the Word!

Nothing added to Him and nothing taken from Him. This is He who coming into the world is the Way, the Truth and the Life! No man comes to the Father but through Him, John 14:6.

We celebrate you Jesus!

Joe Nicola