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John 1

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  I love how John opens this chapter. Verse 3 “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” That includes you. That includes me. To be reminded that God made us is astounding. He made us. He created us. He formed us in our mother’s womb. I love the reminder that he gives when he speaks to Nathaniel in 48-49. “How do you know me?’ Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” The same is true of us. Before we seen Jesus, he seen us. Before we knew Jesus, he knew us. Before we were born, he thought of us. Before our existence, he called us. While we were without him, he chose us. It’s so powerful to know that we have a loving gracious God that desires to be so close to us. A God that desires to be the founder and finisher of our faith and involved in every intricate detail of our lives. Even the details that we attribute as too small. It makes me sorry because I’m sure he hurts. I don’t always bring everything to my loving God. I know that I should. I just sometimes deem things “too small” or “not important.” I forget that he keeps count of the very number of hairs on my head. He holds onto every tear that I’ve cried. He has my name tattooed on his hand. I am the apple of his eye, and the queen of his heart. I am his daughter, and he desires to be my father. In all things, large and small. Even John recognized this. He said in verse 27, “He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am unworthy to untie.” John meant it literally. John paved the way, and Jesus followed. John was just recognizing that Jesus is the son of God. He proclaimed his unworthiness. Then again in verse 30 “ A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.” He reiterates the same statement. Yet this reminded me of how true that statement is for us today. We are no different. He has promised to go before us. He has also promised that when we walk away he will leave everything to come after us. Imagine that. We are so unworthy to be in his presence. Yet our God is so loving, gracious and merciful that he desires nothing but to be in the midst of ours.


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