John 1 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with G_d, and the Word was G_d. He was with G_d in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him, not one thing was created. Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:1-5
The deity of Yeshua is a touchy subject for many people. Setting the World’s opinions aside for a moment, it amazes me how many professing believers refuse to recognize that Yeshua was fully God & fully man. Perhaps, they deny His deity, because to acknowledge it means they must be accountable to Him…that there would be no higher authority to appeal to. The truth is, we are accountable to His deity, whether we accept it or not, by virtue of His deity! John is putting this debate to rest.
Yeshua asked His disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” Mark 8:27
The disciples responded with various descriptions they had overheard the crowds giving: “He’s a good man”, “He’s a prophet”, He’s Elijah or John the ‘Baptist’ come to life again.”
Then He asked, “Who so YOU say that I am?” Peter replied, “You are the Messiah, the Son of Go_d!” Right you are, Peter.
Within the context & understanding of the average Jew in Yeshua’s day, the terms “Messiah” and “Son of G_d” carried different implications as they may carry today. They were more than terms describing a person who had a “close affiliation” or “familial relationship” with G_d. They were names for the G_d, Himself!
Creation originated from the G_dhead Person, known as the “Word of the Lord”. Even the Psalms are clear on this message.
“For the word of the L_rd is right, and all His work is trustworthy. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the L_rd’s unfailing love. The heavens were made by the word of the L_rd, and all the stars, by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into a heap; He puts the depths into storehouses. Let the whole earth tremble before the L_rd; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke and it came into being; He commanded and it came into existence.” Psalm 33:4-9
Yeshua is that Person, known as, “The Word”. The prophet Micah spoke of His eternal existence: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me the One who will be ruler over Israel, Whose goings-forth are from of old, from everlasting.” Micah 5:2
“The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
~Steve Wiggins, Assistant Rabbi
Daily Devotional, Thursday, June 27, 2013