Chapter-a-Day John 1

Diary The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. John 1:14a (TM)

Sometimes there is so much meaning behind a simple sentence.

For us, the idea of Jesus becoming flesh and moving into our neighborhood is a concept. We wonder what that would be like. We contemplate how the flesh-and-blood Jesus would relate to us, to the cranky neighbor a couple of houses over or the skater-boys in the driveway across the street. What would he say to me? What would he say to them? What would he do?

For John, this wasn’t a concept. It wasn’t a mental exercise. The flesh-and-blood Jesus DID move into his neighborhood. He DID have a relationship with the cranky neighbor, the town crazy, the kids in the neighborhood, his fishing buddies, the tax-man and the local pastor. The gospel of John was not written as religious literature but as a memoir. This is first-hand testimony of the only one of Jesus’ disciples who stood physically at the foot of the cross and at the empty tomb.

4 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day John 1”

  1. Thanks for the comments guys. Chad – welcome to the conversation!
    I really like the metaphor you picked up on about God being the lightning that stirs thunder in us.
    Wendy and I had a great discussion about the sermon yesterday afternoon. I want to talk about Jesus, but I also want to make sure that I’m intentionally building relationships and loving in action – so that my conversation about Jesus is received – and received in context.

  2. 23″I’m thunder in the desert: ‘Make the road straight for God!’ I’m doing what the prophet Isaiah preached.”
    We had an interesting sermon yesterday at church related to our vision statement “Sending out servant hearted disciples with a passion for Christ and the world”. I had a couple moments during yesterday’s service where I know God was speaking directly to me. I have to say this was a first. Needless to say, the sermon took on a whole different meaning. With this still fresh in my mind, I am drawn to this verse and specifically the first 5 words. “I’m thunder in the desert”. As I reflect on this verse and Kevin’s message from yesterday, why are “we” Christians so afraid to talk of Jesus in public places? Why aren’t we “thunder” in a world that continues to darken? One could use the analogy that God is the lightening which is needed to make thunder. Our call is to be that sound to the world. Sometimes it can be a calming sound but often it can shake “us” to the very core. At times I think God wants to shake us up a bit, the question becomes how will we respond??

  3. 23″I’m thunder in the desert: ‘Make the road straight for God!’ I’m doing what the prophet Isaiah preached.”
    We had an interesting sermon yesterday at church related to our vision statement “Sending out servant hearted disciples with a passion for Christ and the world”. I had a couple moments during yesterday’s service where I know God was speaking directly to me. I have to say this was a first. Needless to say, the sermon took on a whole different meaning. With this still fresh in my mind, I am drawn to this verse and specifically the first 5 words. “I’m thunder in the desert”. As I reflect on this verse and Kevin’s message from yesterday, why are “we” Christians so afraid to talk of Jesus in public places? Why aren’t we “thunder” in a world that continues to darken? One could use the analogy that God is the lightening which is needed to make thunder. Our call is to be that sound to the world. Sometimes it can be a calming sound but often it can shake “us” to the very core. At times I think God wants to shake us up a bit, the question becomes how will we respond??

  4. 3-5Everything was created through him;
    nothing—not one thing!—
    came into being without him.
    What came into existence was Life,
    and the Life was Light to live by.
    The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
    the darkness couldn’t put it out.
    This verse struck me today. Last week we discussed angels in small group. This week we discuss demons. I am amazed at the power of God’s creation and the choice that God presented to humans and angels in following Him. Everything was created by Him. Wow! By the way an incredible resource for researching angels and demons is http://www.gotquestions.org

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