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03. 12. 2017

God Came in Person
John 1:1-14

1. Introducing Jesus - The Word of God
John 1:1-4 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Understanding Incarnation – God became Man
John 1:14 - The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

 

 

3. Seeing His Glory – Full of grace and truth
John 1:16-17 - Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

Questions for Discussion

1. What is one thing you like most about Christmas?

2. Having understood the extent to which God took to save us – what do you learn about humility and love?

3. Start praying for yourself, your family and friends for this Christmas to have a glorious and meaningful Christmas.

 

 

 

 

Devotional Message

Taken from The Daily Office by Peter Scazzero ©2008

 

Week 6 / Day 1 - Midday/Evening Office

Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:9b, 15–17
In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

 

Devotional
At the heart of the Daily Office and Sabbath disciplines is stopping to surrender to God in trust. Lack of trust is the very essence of the sin in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve legitimately worked and enjoyed their achievements in the Garden. However, they were called to embrace their limits and not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They were not meant to see and know that which belongs to Almighty God.

As theologian Robert Barron has argued, the heart of the original sin is the refusal to accept God’s rhythm for us. The essence of being created in God’s image is our ability, like God, to stop. We imitate God by stopping our work and resting. If we can stop for one day a week, or for a mini Sabbath each day (a Daily Office), we touch something deep within us as image-bearers of God. Our brains, bodies, spirits, and emotions are all wired by God for the rhythm of working and resting in him.

Stopping for a Daily Office or the Sabbath is not meant to add another obligation to our already busy schedules. It is an entirely new way of being in the world, resetting all of our days toward a new destination—God.

 


Question to Consider
How do you hear the invitation to “stop and surrender to God in trust” today?

 

Prayer
Lord, help me to grab hold of you today. I need you. Set me free to begin reorienting my life around you, and you alone. Help me to pay attention to and honor how you have uniquely made me. Thank you for the gift of rest. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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