Our church is studying the gospel of John, and we’ve just begun. I figured we’d go on until we finished chapter one, but I was WRONG! 🙁 😆 Everyone else said that if we did that, we’d be in John forever. Well, I suppose they’re right. All the same, I’m going to post the rest of the stuff I got on chapter one here. So there! The passage I was meditating on was John 1:5-9. Here it is:
Joh 1:5-9 That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man named John who was sent from God. He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
And this is what I believe God said to me about this. Obviously, it’s not an exposition of the passage–at least not primarily. It’s like He used it as a conversation starter to say what He wanted to say. God can be like that . . . .
John went to prepare the people’s hearts, to raise anticipation, expectation–to create an air of expectancy. There were already many circumstances arranged for the coming of My Son into the world, but John was key–he was dispatched to walk onto the stage first–to give the introduction. My Son was expected, but He was not as expected. Some saw Him through their own filters and imputed to Him the revolutionary qualities they looked for–revolution, yes–this He brought–but in My way, the revolution begins unseen. A child grows in the womb and is born only after all his systems are completed and functioning. So has My revolution, started in My Son, grown for 2000 years since–the unseen (by those who are dying) revolution of the heart. When it has reached its proper maturity, only then will it come into the world fully formed.
The outward shell that is (the outward appearance of the church) will pass away, and the real child that shall be produced from its death shall be called the bride of Christ. My Son will come then for His spotless, unblemished, yearning, eager, excited, loving, faithful, true bride. This will be My crowning glory–the glory I sought in creating the world. The creation has yet to reach its final stage, which is perfection.
There is yet much to be done, yet the next and final stage draws near–the Sabbath rest, during which the land will produce one last crop on its own–that which springs up of its own accord–some good and some bad. Then shall the heaven and earth you now know pass away and all things be made new.
I think that last crop He mentions must be those who are born during the millennial reign, following the return of Jesus to the earth. I didn’t actually ask Him. The meditation on the next portion of John (1:10-13) is similar to this. I’ll post it soon.