I am honestly enthralled by the Gospel of John!
When I first began reading the Bible several years ago, John’s account was very captivating. In his personal and up-close view into Christ’s identity, he shows us that Jesus, though fully God, came in the flesh to distinctly and accurately reveal God, and that Christ is the source of eternal life to all who believe in Him.
As I read through his very detailed description of who, what, when, where why and how His Word (Jesus) was made flesh and walked amongst us, I was usually wide-eyed and on the edge of my seat. At a time when I was desperately seeking hope, the true hope of the world was being presented to me through this specific book of the Bible. The words spoke to me in a way that no New Age guru, or self-help author, or anything I had found in the world or myself, had spoken to me. It was the inner-knowing that Jesus was, is and will always be, the Christ that He claimed. The Word made flesh. The Son of God. God Himself.
Unless you truly know, and not just that “I believe” statement, but truly KNOW Jesus is who He says He is, faith may be a difficult task. I mean, the passionate love that you have for the unseen may grow cold or weak, the inner-pride may persuade one to become his or her own god in numerous ways or Jesus may become a guy we give praise to on a Sunday. Abiding in Him may become a shallow, emotionally driven temporary feeling that is welcomed in only when needed. KNOWING Him, and ABIDING in Him is something totally different. We can believe that we are doing the right thing by worshiping a coffee pot, or a statue, or worshiping men and what they say, and we can believe that we are going to heaven because of it. These are just a few examples of the beliefs we can claim, and the confidence we can have by claiming that it is the correct belief. Or, we can choose not to believe anything. We can choose what we like.
But the man who said “I AM;” what did He claim?
I challenge you to read the gospel of John. If something within it doesn’t speak to you, then maybe the Lord is not ready to reveal Himself to you at that time. I was searching for truth, and the real Creator of all of these things within our world. I read the Bible, and the words “I Am” stuck out in so many places when Jesus spoke of Himself. I had never seen that in any other book I had read! I saw the Christ who claimed the universe. I saw His truth. He was either a total nutcase, or exactly as He had said. I chose the latter.
Praise God for His revelation. A life with Him is a life worth living! Do you desire that? I encourage you all to read His Word. Start at John.
I am including the audio of the whole Gospel of John and a few links. I sincerely hope and pray this morning that you allow Him in, and abide in Him alone.
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!” – John 8:58 (NLT)