Saturday, December 15, 2012

Bible in 90 Days: Always There

A few days ago, we read this and it read to me like never before ...

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ... He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.    John 1: 1-6, 9-14

Last night we read in Ephesians:

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will - to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.  
Ephesians 1: 4-6

Isn't that a-ma-zing? His plan all along, even before creation, was we would choose Him and love Him, just as He chose us and loved us.

The Bible is the story of His amazing love for us and His desire for us to love Him back. He foretold He would send a Savior to us in the Old Testament.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.   Isaiah 9:6

And, then Jesus was born ...

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.    Luke 2:9-11

Because God always does what He says. And, He has always been, is and will always be with us. In fact, His name, Emmanuel, means "God with us."

He is before all things, and in hm all things hold together.  Colossians 1:17

How can you not love, adore, worship and celebrate our God who is always there, never let's us go, always working on our behalf, but most importantly wants a love relationship with us. To walk and talk and hang and laugh and cry and teach and ... with us! Yes!

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