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,
In Hebrew The Word is translated as The D'var Hashem which means "The Word of God." So The Word of God was with God and the Word of God was God. He was with God in the beginning. But how is it that The Word of God, The D'var Hashem is a He? How can all things be made through the Word? How can this Word be life and the light of all mankind? This is possible because The Word referred to in the verse above is not the written word or scripture, but The Word, is Jesus Christ.
John 1:14 confirms this - And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
The D'var Hashem, The Word of God, is Yeshua - Jesus! And the D'var Hashem became flesh and made his sukkah or His Mishkan (Tabernacle) among us. Think about that for a moment. The body Jesus took on, had to be pure enough that his Divine Glory or presence (Shekinah) would be able to dwell in it. That is why Jesus was born of a virgin. If Mary and Joseph had conceived Jesus in the normal way He would have been born into a sinful body. But this couldn't happen because the Tabernacle or body Jesus took on, had to be free of sin or God's divine presence could not dwell there.
Now let's take this a little further. God went to all that trouble - to find a way here to walk among us, to house His glory - only to take the sins of the world upon Himself at the end of His earthly life. He who was without sin, became sin for us. Why? 2 Corinthians 5:21 makes it clear, "For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (NKJV, emphasis mine).
God made Jesus who had no sin, to be a sin offering (chattat) on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Jesus. Imagine that! When God looks at someone who has claimed Jesus as their Saviour, He no longer sees their sin. Jesus has become the final Sin Offering. A sacrifice that is beyond measure. We have been forgiven. Our sins have been atoned for. The same Levitical offerings that were made in the Old Testament have come full circle and been fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
- Romans 8:1, NKJV
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In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
The above verses are just a small segment of what we have in Christ Jesus. The riches we have been given because we acknowledge that Jesus is the Messiah and our Saviour are astounding when you think about the fact that it was all done for one reason - God loved us.There is, when it comes right down to it, no other reason why we have been granted these incredible gifts. Therefore, today I would like us to meditate on just a few of those gifts of love the Lord bestows on all who come to Him.
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