May 23, 2012

Today you should read: John 1:1-18

Summer time is here and that means it is time for the summer blockbusters. I love movies and I especially enjoy the super hero genre of movies such as the Avengers, Spiderman and Batman which all have movies opening this summer. These movies have the good versus evil plot that every Bible believing person can appreciate. It did occur to me when I watched the new Avengers movie that no matter how good the story is or how powerful the heroes are they are still a cheap imitation of the original “super hero” or savior as we know him.

John introduces the reader to Jesus better than any movie introduction that I have ever seen. “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.” I can see these words fading in on a black screen with everyone on the edge of their seats with anticipation. John goes on to point out that everything that we know about was made through him. Christ is the light and he cannot be overcome by any darkness or evil. This is our savior, the most powerful King, and the son of the living God.

John goes on to say that Jesus came to dwell among us, his creation, and was rejected. However, those who did receive him became children of God. Jesus came to deliver all those who believed in his name. Jesus being full of grace and truth showed us the image and character of the father.

Verse18:

“No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.”

John’s introduction of Jesus is one of epic proportion. Jesus is the God-man sent to save the world by giving himself.

I hope as you read this you begin to really understand that in a world of evil, suffering and sin we have a REAL hero. He is better than all the imitations and he lives!

So why is it that movies like the Avengers can make grown men dress up like superheroes just to sit in a movie theater but Jesus our true Lord and savior can’t seem to get us to sit quietly for 5 minutes to read his Word?

Why does fantasy attract us more than reality?

Challenge:

The old saying goes, “Show me your bank account and your calendar and I will show you what you worship.” I challenge us a church to sit down and look at what we spend our money on and what we spend our time on. Then I want us to ask this very simple question, “Based on what I see, is Jesus Lord?”

Posted by: Chad Wiles

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

6 thoughts on “May 23, 2012”

  1. Thanks Chad! Strong post and a good start for our study of John. I love all of God’s word, however John chapter one has always been my favorite. “The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” just leaps off the page every time I read it. Everything God has revealed to His people in the Old Testament through the prophets is fulfilled when “the word became flesh.”

    Do our calendars and our bank accounts reflect that Jesus is Lord? This is a very piercing question that should make each of us examine how we are really living our lives. Our Savior deserves our best. Thanks Chad for this reminder!

  2. I totally agree with you Chad about the check book and especially on how we spend the time we are given. I wonder how different my life would be if I asked the question ‘Am I investing the time God has given me on eternal things or am I spending His time on earthly pursuits that will not last?’ I’m really looking forward to the study.

  3. Thanks, Chad! Introspection is so good for the soul, not necessarily easy but definitely a good thing.
    Verse 9 of this passage resonated with me this morning:
    “There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man,”
    So much of what we encounter in today’s world is false, it is refreshing to KNOW THE TRUTH. How comforting to realize that through the light of this truth we can be enlightened – that we can see things clearly. What hope this brings! We can choose light over darkness. We can choose truth and freedom over bondage. But as Tim recently shared with us…God has provided us The Way, but we have to choose to follow His path to Life.

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