The Thought for the Month
At the beginning of every month a member from the assembly at Holburn Gospel Hall writes a small devotional piece.
January 2019 - The “Only Begotten” Son of God – John Chapter 1 vv 14-18
In bringing together a suitable message with which to commence a New Year, it would be usual to look back before looking forward which of course should be viewed in the light and prospect of the promised return of the Lord Jesus. However, my own challenge looking back over recent weeks has directed my thoughts along perhaps a different line which I would like to share with you.
In directing my readings (indicated above to John ch.1) I very soon became aware of the emphasis placed upon John by the Holy Spirit in respect of the uniqueness of the Eternal Son of God. In embarking on a fresh consideration of John’s record, particularly His earthly sojourn the conclusion one reaches is that while His Manhood was real, it was very different, another has said “He was much more than just a man”, He was the Perfect Man.
John begins his lovely record by telling us, “In the beginning (an unknown period) was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God”, a clear declaration of his Eternal Deity. However, with unquestionable clarity we are told that without surrendering His Eternal Deity, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us”.
It is Luke the beloved physician who provides us with the lovely details of his conception (Supernatural) along with His birth (Natural). Luke also tells us of His development in Luke Ch.2 vv 49-52. What Joy He must have brought to the home of Joseph and Mary?
As we contemplate with sanctified minds and worshipful spirits the down stooping of the Saviour, we must also be mindful of His own words in John ch 6 v 38 “ For I came down from Heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.“
May our desire be “That the One Who was rich became poor, that we through His poverty might become rich.” 2 Cor 8 v 9. Let me close with a verse of a Hymn. Without reluctance, Flesh and blood His substance, He took the form of man, Revealed the hidden plan. O glorious mystery, Sacrifice of Calvary, And now I know Thou art the great “I AM.”