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  1. Day 1: In the Beginning
  2. Day 2: And They Felt No Shame
  3. Day 3: By Him We Cry, “Abba, Father”
  4. Day 4: Who Is This King of Glory?
  5. Day 5: The Skies Proclaim the Work of His Hands
  6. Day 6: Now the Serpent
  7. Sabbath
  8. Day 8: The Word Became Flesh
  9. Day 9: The Radiance of God's Glory
  10. Day 10: For God Was Pleased
  11. Day 11: That You May Know Him Better
  12. Day 12: I Am
  13. Day 13: Whoever Believes
  14. Sabbath
  15. Day 15: In the Sixth Month
  16. Day 16: Caesar Augustus Issued a Decree
  17. Day 17: What Shall I Do, Then, With Jesus
  18. Day 18: And Darkness Came Over the Whole Land
  19. Day 19: There Came a Rich Man from Arimathea
  20. Day 20: By This Gospel You Are Saved
  21. Sabbath
  22. Day 22: He Went and Preached to the Spirits in Prison
  23. Day 23: He Is Not Here—He Is Risen
  24. Day 24: He Was Taken Up
  25. Day 25: I See Heaven Open
  26. Day 26: He Will Appear a Second Time
  27. Day 27: Jesus Christ Is Lord
  28. Sabbath
  29. Day 29: I Will Put My Spirit In You
  30. Day 30: What Does This Mean?
  31. Day 31: No Branch Can Bear Fruit by Itself
  32. Day 32: So I Say, Walk by the Spirit
  33. Day 33: For the Common Good
  34. Day 34: But the Greatest of These Is Love
  35. Sabbath
  36. Day 36: I Will Build My Church
  37. Day 37: A People Belonging to God
  38. Day 38: It Seemed Good to the Holy Spirit and to Us
  39. Day 39: You Are All One in Christ Jesus
  40. Day 40: A Great Multitude No One Could Count
  41. Day 41: Let Us Run With Perseverance
  42. Day 43: The Law is Only a Shadow
  43. Day 44: As We Also Have Forgiven Our Debtors
  44. Day 45: Then the End Will Come
  45. Day 46: Sown In Weakness—Raised In Power
  46. Day 47: Now This Is Eternal Life
  47. Sabbath
  48. Day 48: I Am Making Everything New
Lesson 8 of 48
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Day 8: The Word Became Flesh

I Believe in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord

READ

John 1:1–18

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 men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

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 received 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, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’” From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.

MEDITATE

Did any particular phrase or verse capture your attention in the reading? If so, pay attention. The Holy Spirit may be bringing this to mind for a particular reason. If not, consider the bolded text. The Creed moves us from the Father as the almighty maker of Heaven and Earth to the Son. Ponder the revealed fact that Jesus Christ is also instrumental in Creation. “Through him all things were made.” Speak this sentence aloud a few times so your ears can hear. Now add what may seem a redundant clause, “without him nothing was made that has been made.” Speak this one aloud a few times. Now speak the whole sentence aloud. Now take a look around the natural environment and consider that all you see was made through Jesus Christ.

(Note: Keep in mind we are not searching for neatly defined scriptural principles to apply to our lives in these exercises. We are actually moving away from “ourselves” to become immersed in the expansive and glorious reality of our God. While these exercises may not feel so “practical” to your day, sustaining this kind of meditation on the Godhead will lead to something infinitely more practical.)

REFLECT

The Son, who is the Word of the Father, the very and eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took man’s nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin; so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one person, never to be divided; whereof is one Christ, very God and very Man, who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of men.

—From The Articles of Religion of the Methodist Church
“Article 2: Of the Word, or Son of God,
Who Was Made Very Man”

ASK

Express your questions, doubts, curiosities, and conundrums.

AFFIRM

Write any fresh affirmation stirring in your heart and mind from today.

Now affirm the Apostles’ Creed aloud:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord . . .