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In the beginning was the Word
and the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
The Word was with God in the beginning.
Everything came into being through the Word,
and without the Word
nothing came into being.
What came into being
through the Word was life,[a]
and the life was the light for all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light. – John 1:1-5

Daily Devotional

Today’s Devotional was written by: Diana Walla

John begins with a description of the cosmic Christ, the mystery of Jesus with and as God from the beginning of all things. In our culture, we can get caught up in things we can know. We like to line up our facts so we can know for sure how it all works, have definitive answers to our questions, and chart our course forward. If we are not careful, we proceed as if we hardly need God at all; we just need a checklist.

Instead, John gives us mystery. If we let go of our need for certainty and sit with the mystery, we find it is amazingly comforting. If we allow God to speak to us as beyond us, from somewhere outside our own understanding, we are able to be comforted by His enormity, by the bigness and by the complexity of the One in whose image we are created. There is freedom in letting go of our need for things to be tidy and neat, to fit in a box. We can sit with the wildness of God, allowing ourselves to trust Him and his goodness. We can embrace the mystery of Jesus with and as God from the beginning, the things that are truly greater than what we can wrap our brains around. Thank God. Thank God He is mysterious and ancient and beyond our ability to capture Him.

Pick a clear night and do some stargazing. Look up at the night sky and slowly repeat verses 1 and 2.

Read this verse in context: John 1

In the beginning was the Word
and the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
2 The Word was with God in the beginning.
3 Everything came into being through the Word,
and without the Word
nothing came into being.
What came into being
4 through the Word was life,[a]
and the life was the light for all people.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.
6 A man named John was sent from God. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning the light, so that through him everyone would believe in the light. 8 He himself wasn’t the light, but his mission was to testify concerning the light.

9 The true light that shines on all people
was coming into the world.
10 The light was in the world,
and the world came into being through the light,
but the world didn’t recognize the light.
11 The light came to his own people,
and his own people didn’t welcome him.
12 But those who did welcome him,
those who believed in his name,
he authorized to become God’s children,
13 born not from blood
nor from human desire or passion,
but born from God.
14 The Word became flesh
and made his home among us.
We have seen his glory,
glory like that of a father’s only son,
full of grace and truth.
15 John testified about him, crying out, “This is the one of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is greater than me because he existed before me.’”

16 From his fullness we have all received grace upon grace;
17 as the Law was given through Moses,
so grace and truth came into being through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God.
God the only Son,
who is at the Father’s side,
has made God known.

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