a 365 day trip through John with a key thought, prayer, focus verse and contextual verses for each day
But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we exist for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life.
1 Corinthians 8:6
God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he made the universe and everything in it.
you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you. In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, F11 slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
He Even Created You and Me! - John 1:2-3
He was in the beginning with God. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn't make.
What you see in creation that is beautiful, what you find marvelous in nature, and what astounds and bewilders you in our universe came into existence through the one who allowed himself to be born as a human baby and placed in a manger. His fingerprints are on all of creation. His power gave birth to the universe and his ongoing word sustains it. Ponder that last phrase and then realize both the enormity and the personal connection of it; the Word, Jesus, God come in human flesh, made everything in the universe... including you and me! He is great, awesome, beyond description and yet he made you and me! He is powerful, yet cares enough for us to come to earth and die for us. The Creator is also the one about whom we sing: “Jesus loves me this I know…”
Precious Jesus, thank you for knowing me and caring for me. You know my flaws, yet you died to redeem me from them. I know you made me special to do something great for the Kingdom, so please help me find that purpose and fulfill it. Father God, please accept my undying gratitude and praise for your plan and the love that it took to send Jesus to earth for me. I offer this thanks in the name of Jesus, heaven's message and my Creator. Amen.
Today's Verses with Jesus
(key verses in bold)
1In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn't make. 4Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. 5The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
6God sent John the Baptist 7to tell everyone about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8John himself was not the light; he was only a witness to the light. 9The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was going to come into the world.
10But although the world was made through him, the world didn't recognize him when he came. 11Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted. 12But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13They are reborn! This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan--this rebirth comes from God.
14So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.
15John pointed him out to the people. He shouted to the crowds, "This is the one I was talking about when I said, `Someone is coming who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before I did.' "
16We have all benefited from the rich blessings he brought to us--one gracious blessing after another. 17For the law was given through Moses; God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who is himself God, is near to the Father's heart; he has told us about him.
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