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We chose three verses from John 1 for the verse of the week. We chose them because of their connection to each other and to God. He is the true Light, and the Word that became flesh, and from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
The book of John is the last of the four gospels in the New Testament. It is often the book recommended to new believers. The first half of John is used to describe bringing God to man whereas the second half brings man to God. In chapter one, John echoes creation by going back to the very beginning, but as the chapter goes on, he describes the aforementioned bringing of God in the form of Jesus to man. In verse nine, John describes Jesus as the true light which gives light to everyone. As the light had not yet come, the world was in darkness as darkness is the absence of light. The progression continues with the beginning of verse fourteen as “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Word mentioned is a reference to the first verse that states that the Word is God. So God who is the true light came to earth in the form of man. Other versions say that He “tabernacled” among us which means that God took up a temporary residence by inhabiting a physical body. Though He was God, He was also a man. He came to earth to die on the cross in our place, forgiving us of our sins. He does so through His perfect plan, giving us grace upon grace. Grace is when we are given or forgiven for something when we don’t deserve it. Since we don’t deserve to be forgiven, we are forgiven by His grace. This brings us to God’s new order as God was able to fulfill His purpose of coming to earth. He has forgiven us of our sins, and we are able to live with Him.