1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2The same was in the beginning with God.
The first 2 verses speak about Jesus, the word and God the Father. This is the connection to the old testament. Jesus is the word made flesh and He was with God the father in the beginning and they are one. In Gen 1:26, Then God said, "Let us" meaning the father, son and the holy spirit. This tells us that we are serving the one true and only God.
11He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
It wasn't just the Jews that didn't receive Him, we didn't either. All of us have sinned and fell short of the glory of God. But now that we believe in Him and born again (also see 1Peter 1:23), we will now children of the most high. We have POWER to move mountains, and to defeat darkness. To call those things that be not as though they were. We have privileges that no one else have. Think about your own relationship with either your kids or your parents. Your parents do things for you they won't do for other people. As parents, we make sure we give our kids the best because we love them. It's the same with God, our Daddy, our Father. He not only provides for us here, but He will take care of us in heaven as well. We will spend eternity living in our Fathers' mansions!!!!
50Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.
51And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man. (Also See Gen 28:12)
Okay this is where I want you guys to get your journals out. Verse 51 is shouting news!!! We know one day Jesus will come back for us, the children of God. The ones mentioned in 12 and 13.
The greater things Jesus talked about was not just the miracles He worked, but the miracles WE too will do in His name. Now I want you to write down some of the great things God has already done for you. Some of us have been healed from diseases, some of us have been promoted on our jobs when we didn't have the qualifications for it. Only you know those things so write them down and rejoice in what the Lord has blessed you with.
Now I want you to write about the great things that are yet to be done in your life. There are GREAT things that God wants to do for you and through you. Write them down so you can later come back and see how faithful God is.
After I eat dinner with the fam, I will go a little deeper into the significance of the 21 days. Be blessed. Q