December 25, 2018 Daily Devotion

The scripture for today is John 1:1, KJV

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

We could stop right here and take this verse for the literal value it presents to us. Before all creation was formed, the Word was previous to it. Yet, it says here the Word was with God and the Word was God. I prefer the word "is" rather than "was". God is eternal. God is the now not the then.

John Eight has two verses that exemplifies this verse. As Jesus was talking or arguing with the Pharisees, he told them in verse fifty-six, "You father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it and was glad." They questioned the truth in this statement by Jesus since he was not even fifty years old. THEN, Jesus throws this at them in verse fifty-nine.

"Verily, Verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am." At this point, Jesus showed them that before the foundations of the earth were formed, he was with God and was God in the flesh. Completely against their teaching yet it was shown to them by all the prophets as well as Abraham, Moses, and Joshua. This is one of many reasons why the Old Testament is so important.

By using the term "I am", Jesus considered himself equal with God. Rightfully so. Three men went to visit Abraham to tell him he and Sarah were going to have a child.

Remember, our God is a triune God. Hence, all three were present for this moment in time. Jesus is considered the Lord of Hosts in the Old Testament. He was there for Joshua at Jericho as the walls came down. Again, this is in the Old Testament.

Jesus was there from the very start of creation. Jesus will be there for the end as well. He is part of each of us as followers. He is our DNA. Jesus is the Word of God in the flesh.

Dear Lord, On this Christmas Day, I am particularly thankful that You are present in my life.

Russ Nixon

Prayer Concern: That ALL people will know that Jesus Christ was born to save us!

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