Pastor Barry's "Chapter & Verse" Day 14
January 14; John 1:1; 69/260(VI); ‘Jesus is the Word’
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God
‘In the beginning,’ before time began the Lord Jesus was with God the Father. Just like the Father and the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus had no beginning. The Lord Jesus’ life did not begin on the day He was born, the day we call Christmas. That is the beginning of Jesus coming to earth to redeem us from our sins and sicknesses. For a short period of time, He left His eternal deity in heaven becoming a Man (Philippians 2). Jesus is called the Word. Why? The entire Bible has one ultimate purpose, to make Jesus Christ and who He is known to us in as many ways as possible. The Word reveals to us the information about the Lord that we need to know to receive eternal life and to be victorious in life while we are here. Jesus Christ is God. The Bible teaches that Jesus created everything. In the Old Testament whenever the Lord appeared to men (it is called a theophany), it was the Lord Jesus. The Name Jehovah in the Old Testament always refers to the Lord Jesus and reveals some aspect of who Jesus is. For example, Jehovah Ra-ah, the Lord our Shepherd. Jesus fulfills this Old Testament Name in John 10 when He calls Himself the Good Shepherd. The gospels tell of Jesus’ ministry, His Example in the gospels is to reflect the way we live. The gospels also teach of His sacrifice for us. The epistles reveal what we, the Church have, because of our redemption by Jesus. Revelation teaches that Jesus is victorious over the devil and previews an eternity with our Lord and Savior. The Bible is Jesus and exemplifies the genius of the Lord.