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Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”
Our Bible verse for today: “Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time and you do not know me, Philip? The one who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?” John 14:9 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Jesus and the Father are One”
Today is December 1st and we’re now beginning Christmas month. The weeks leading up to Christmas are known in Christian circles as “advent”. It’s the season of the liturgical year that is a time of expectancy and preparation as we approach the celebration of the birth of Christ.
When we think of the birth of Jesus, and the reason for it, we remember that God sent His Son to earth to rescue us from the penalty of our sins. First, foremost, and primarily, this was a rescue mission. But another reason Jesus came was to show us what God is like. Not just to tell us, but to show us. Jesus Christ of Nazareth was God in a human body and He came to show us, in physical form, in ways we can easily relate to, what our Heavenly Father is like. That’s the great truth Jesus was explaining to Philip in John 14:9. Jesus and the Father are One. Jesus was God showing Himself to us in the body of a man. So, if you want to know God, study Jesus.
There’s much we cannot know about God. That’s to be expected. God is far too glorious and expansive and complex for my human mind to grasp or comprehend. If that were not true, if God could in fact fit into my puny little human brain, He wouldn’t be much of a God.
But there’s also much we can know about God. There is much that He has revealed to us. And, it’s imperative that we do wrestle with and come to an understanding of the great truths about Him that He has chosen to reveal. If we don’t do that, shame on us. What a great loss. There will have been things about God that we could have known and understood but didn’t, because we didn’t try.
Throughout the course of this Christmas month, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, we will think a lot about what Jesus Christ revealed to us about the nature of God. But we will also use this as an opportunity to go beyond just what Jesus Himself revealed. Scripture is packed full of deep, profound revelations about the nature of God, and we will explore many of those truths too.
I look forward to this month of exploring and discovering God with you.
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