January 1 – In the Beginning

Read: Genesis 1 and John 1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-5, 14 ESV)

Everything starts at the beginning. Everything except God. Both Genesis and John’s Gospel speak of beginnings, not because God has a beginning, but because at the beginning of human history God was already there. Jesus was there. As you start this new year, this new beginning, resolve to live a life that follows where Jesus has already been. He was before our beginnings.

Not only was Jesus there before, but he was present during our creation. And in time when the created needed the intervention of the Creator to right our wrongs it was Jesus, God the Son, who stepped from eternity into history to shine his eternal light upon a dark world. No darkness of this life can swallow, stifle, or dispel the Light of Christ.

As creation was birthed by the Word of God, from within the grace of God came the Son of God to light the way for you and for me. Resolve this year to draw closer to the Living Word, the Light of the World, the Son of God. Let your resolution be to spend a year with Jesus.

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