Year 2 Day 99 and News
News from Scott and Alan
Little did we think when we started writing devotions for the initial six week lockdown, that over a year later that we would still be doing them. As it’s the summer both of us are planing to take some time off, but after speaking to some of you we felt that we should keep the devotions going. As a result, for the month of July you are getting a mix of Scott’s most liked, shared or engaged with devotions from ‘Year 1’ and for the month of August you are getting a mix of Alan’s most liked, shared or engaged with devotions from ‘Year 1’. They will continue to be posted as normal and we will include the date on which they were first posted.
We hope that they have been of benefit to you and they will continue to be.
Yours in Christ
Scott and Alan
Read — John 1:1-14
Message Scott Woodburn
“First posted Year 1 Day 1 - 23 March 20”
These are troubled days and all of us are without answers and often without comfort. Yet today God's people may have trouble but they are not without comfort. We trust in Christ. Who is this Christ? Some today say they like Jesus, He was a great teacher, if only His followers could be as good as He was. The same individuals however see Jesus as merely a good man, an example to be followed. Who is this Christ really? We are given the answer in the magnificent opening chapter of John's Gospel. He is God (v1-2), everything that has ever been made was made through Jesus (v3), in Christ there is life and light (v4) and Christ has not and will never be overcome by the darkness in this world (v5). His arrival was announced by John the Baptist (v6-8) because Christ is the King of kings and because God Himself was taking on flesh and dwelling among us (v14). Don't miss how important the coming of Christ was in human history. There has never been another moment like it. The Son of God came to that which He had created, He humbled Himself by taking on flesh and submitting Himself to our weakness and to the law of God (Galatians 4.4). This is extraordinary and amazingly He wasn't received by His own (v11). Yet today Christ remains our only hope and to all who receive Him, who believe in His name, He saves them and welcomes them into His family (v12-13). These are troubled days but Christ is still our only comfort in life and in death.
Q101 What do we pray for in the first petition?
In the first petition, (which is, Hallowed be thy name, (Matt. 6:9)) we pray, That God would enable us and others to glorify him in all that whereby he maketh himself known; (Ps. 67:2–3) and that he would dispose all things to his own glory. (Ps. 83)