John 1:4 “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
By: Guy Glass, Planting Pastor, Newcity Church Houston
April 25, 2018
I have a neighbor that lives two doors down. He is the sweetest guy you’ll ever meet; a better neighbor than I could ask for. But, he’s not alive. He hasn’t believed in the name of the One who has life in himself and gives it to whomever he will. I was praying for him this morning and preparing to read through the Gospel of John with him and opened my bible to John chapter one. I was struck by the power of verse four, ‘In him was life and the life was the light of men.’
If I were a bible scholar I would describe the glories of Christ’s aseity, but since I’m not, I’ll just tell you how blown away I was by the statement; that this Jesus, who is himself God, who made the world- CAME to the world, BECAME FLESH, and DWELLED AMONG US. The incarnation is so personal, so hands-on!
God has always been personal and hands-on when it comes to giving life to people made in his image. After speaking the world and plants and animals into existence, God, rather than speak, lovingly formed man with his hands from the dust and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. God sent his eternally-begotten Son, his beloved Son, his very own self-expression to us, to be wed to us with a wedding ring of human flesh, to share life with us, our griefs, our sorrows, and to atone for us and redeem us and make us alive- beloved children of his Father.
Later in John’s Gospel he writes: Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Now we, the revived, are sent! The Incarnate One has designed his church in such a way that he gives life through the gospel as his Spirit-empowered people carry ‘his life’ across the street to our neighbor. Revival requires incarnation. As the church of Jesus in Houston says ‘YES’ to the mission of Jesus in Houston, as we embody the gospel in our neighborhoods, we will see the miracle of revival in this city!
We pray that we will be full of the life of Jesus. We pray that we will surrender our heart and will and energy to the mission of Jesus. I pray that as we set our eyes on Jesus that we will be transformed into his image from one degree of glory to another with an ever deepening passion for his glory. We want our neighbors, co- workers, family and friends to see and love the person of Jesus and his redemptive work. We, like the Apostle Paul, ask that words may be given to us in opening our mouths boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel- that we may declare it boldy, as we ought to speak.
In Jesus’ name, Amen