Wednesday, February 8, 2023
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father's one and only Son.
For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.
John makes clear that this "Word"  he is writing about is Jesus Christ.  John's primary point is that Jesus is the fullest and most complete revelation of Who God is, how God loves, and what God would do to save us.  The Word, Jesus, is God with us.  If we want to know God, we look at Jesus. If we want to have an abiding relationship with God, we draw near Jesus. If we want to experience the presence of God in our lives every day, we welcome and obey Jesus.
One way for us to know Jesus is to spend time with Him each day — listen to His words, obey His teaching, and follow His example. I encourage you to join me in reading one chapter out of Jesus' story in the four gospels. (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John — You can use this simple reading guide.) As you read each day, ask the Holy Spirit to help you answer four questions:
Be patient. Getting to know Jesus in this intimate way takes time. It took His apostles three years to "get Him," and they were around Him all the time. But, I assure you, this pursuit of Jesus is worth your effort. No relationship will be more precious to you than your relationship with Jesus. And in response to your spending time with Jesus, learning to feel about things as He does, and obeying what He calls you to do, He has promised you this:
"Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.". . ."All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them." 
Jesus longs to be in a genuine relationship with you and to be real to you and present with you. He wants this even more than you yearn for Him to be in your life. So, let's encourage each other to go deeper in our relationship with Jesus!
Loving and righteous Father, I know that You love me because You came to earth in Jesus to save me. So, almighty God, please reveal yourself to me as I pursue Jesus and seek to know you through Christ, the Son of God. As I commit to follow, please help me know you more fully so I can share Your love, mercy, and grace in more powerful ways. I thank you, God, for going to such great lengths and making such great sacrifices to bring me into your family. Thank you! Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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