Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Before Time-An Eye Opening Flashback

By Mary Vee
John 1:1-18
Before Time

From Inspiration Given to John


We struggle to understand the time before time because, in truth, it is beyond what we are able to grasp. Oh sure, some men, women, and children have imagined, but there is only One who knows.

Because in the time before time was the Word. You may wonder what is meant by "the Word." Well, first, the Word was with God and the Word was God. The Word was even with God in the beginning.

Everything that has been made was made by the Word. There isn't anything made that He, the Word, didn't make.

In the Word is life. This life is our light. The light shines in darkness, and the darkness cannot understand it.

There was a man named John who was sent by God. His job was to tell everyone about the light so that everyone might listen to him and believe. John wasn't the light. No. His job was to tell everyone who would listen to him about the light who was coming. This light was the true light.

But no one knew who he was, even though he created the world. He came to spend time with his own, to help them, and to make a way for them to go to heaven, but those people didn't want to listen to him.

But, for all the men, women, and children who would listen to him and believe he was the light, the Word, the one who had been with God and was God, to those people he gave the honor to become the children of God. These who believed were not only born once as babies with blood and flesh and will, they were born again belonging to the family of God.

The Word, who is God, left his heavenly kingdom to be born as a baby and grow to be a little boy then a man so that he could spend time with us. Those who truly see him see his glory to be like the only son of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

John, the one sent by God, told others about him saying, "This was the one I told you about. He may have be born after me but actually, he first lived before me. And through him we receive his fulness and grace. 

The law was given by Moses and said grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 

No man has seen God at any time. But the Father's only Son came to make known the Father to us.


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sources: 
*A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study, An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest DeWitt Burton, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1932
*New International Version, New King James Version. 
*My Bible College training.
*My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
*Pastoral sermons on this time
*Matthew Henry Commentary
*F. LaGard Smith Commentary
*The Hanukkah Book by Marilyn Burns, Four Winds Press, Macmillan Publishing Company, 1981
Jewish History.org
*Jewish Virtual Library.org
*The Hasmonean Dynasty


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