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. —John 1:1-5

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. —John 1:9-10

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 1:14

No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. —John 1:18

Here is an interesting portion from Psalm 49:7-9— “No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them—the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough—so that they should live on forever and not see decay.” Yet in I Peter 1:18-10 we read that “you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” This gives indication that Jesus is far more than a man. No one can redeem the life of just one person it says in the verses above from Psalm 49, but Jesus redeems the life of anyone who calls on His Name.

The verses above from John 1 clearly tell us who Jesus is. He was with God and He is also God. He is the Creator, He is life, He is Light, He became flesh, He is the one and only Son, He is in closest relationship with the Father and has made the Father known. No mere man can redeem the life of even only one other person because the cost of redemption is costly and no payment would ever be enough. But the Eternal Son of God came to redeem as many who call upon Him. It took someone who was Eternal to redeem us from the eternal sin problem where no payment would ever be enough by mere mortals. Jesus “is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world” (I John 2:2). This is an astounding statement— Jesus took the penalty for the sins of the “whole world” for all time—past, present and future! No mere mortal could do this. No, Jesus is the Eternal Son of God who took care of the eternal sin problem for everyone and those who call on His Name will receive forgiveness and eternal life as they come into relationship with God through Jesus.

Dear Father I so look forward to glory when I will be flawless without any more sinful failures. Thank You that this is possible through Jesus. My desire is to live faithfully for You now and to encourage many others to do the same. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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