“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Long Before Bethlehem

(Please read John 1:1-14 )

December 23

When we think of the life of Christ, we usually start with his birth in Bethlehem, but he existed long before that. He even existed before the creation of the world. The apostle John wanted his readers to understand this, so he wrote, at the start of our text, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (NIV).

Jesus is in fact God. He is one of three divine personalities comprising what the King James Version calls “the Godhead” (see Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9). The three are listed in Matthew 28:19 as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus is actually “God with us,” which is the meaning of “Immanuel,” one of the names by which Jesus is known (see Matthew 1:23). He is also the Christ, meaning the anointed one, and after his baptism he was visibly anointed by the Father with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:13-17). And before his earthly ministry, according to our text, he was logos, “the Word.”

There are many prophecies in the Old Testament regarding Christ’s coming. Some of the more familiar ones are in the book of Isaiah, who wrote, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders, and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (9:6). Our greatest blessing is that those prophecies were fulfilled in the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus, who willingly gave his life for our salvation. In this we have cause for rejoicing.



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