Selwyn introduces today’s study with these words: “Another special feature of Jesus’ character was His ability to unfold the nature of God to the people with whom He came into contact.” He goes on to make these statements: “Some of us, however, by our insensitivity and lack of understanding, can interfere with the spirit and purpose of Christ … You and I are either interpreters of Christ or interferers. We represent either the cure or the disease.”
Here are some of the verses, set for reading and meditation, (John 1:6-18, NLT): “God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”
From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.”
On one has ever seen God the Father, but we can demonstrate His love to others – through our relationship with Jesus.
Selwyn’s prayer for today, is special: “O God my Father, we will never be able to interpret You to others in the way that You Son did, but help me this day to interpret You in every way I can. Shine in me and through me, dear Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
It’s such a wondrous thing to reflect the living God; who is living in us, to others – bringing them into His kingdom, through His power. Such an amazing prayer – don’t you agree?