Side Plank Thread Through: Begin in side plank. Lift left arm to the heavens and stagger the feet: Sweep your top arm toward the mat and “thread” it under your body, reaching for the back of the mat. Rotate your body back to a side plank. Remember to do both sides!!
John 1:1-14 Purity and Life of Christ
Amazing that Christ is both Light and Life, would choose to come to earth, be born as baby, grow to a young man then die for my sins, giving me the right to become His daughter. “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, be gave the right to become children of God” John 1:12
Being born makes you physically Alive and places you in your parent’s family. Being born of God makes you spiritually Alive and puts you in God’s family.
Prayer: Thank you Lord, for allowing me to be in your kingdom. You are the Light that I need so desperately in my life. Your love and through faith has changed me from the inside out– rearranging my attitudes, desires, passions and motives.
During this time of Christmas, God’s light is piercing through the darkness in the hearts of those around us. I pray that the lost will see the light and choose to be apart of your family. Each believer is to testify of your shining through them. In Jesus name, Amen.
Day 21 John 1:1-14 Purity and Life of Christ (Nick Connolly)
In the beginning was the word. The word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. No thing was ever made apart from him and no plans established that did not have him in the center. In him was Life and Light. That life was the light of men, that Light pierced through the darkness. Through the light brings light to the darkest areas, the dark still struggles to understand.
That light, that Word chose to come to earth by putting on human flesh and being born as a baby. The world did not recognize Him and His own people did not receive him. But for those who did receive him: his teenage mother, his confused earthly father, the shepherds, Simeon + Anna at the temple, the Magi, and many others, received him. And not only did they receive a baby who would change the world, they received a baby who came to earth and the extraordinary ways God chose to reveal his son. It was not normal because He was not normal.
In fact, through Him being born, others would become “born again!” John 1 says that yet to all who received him, to those who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
I mean, this is one of the most amazing pieces of scripture in speaking to the greatness of Jesus! He was with God meaning he is eternal. He is the word. He is the light and this is not the same kind of light we sing about: “This little light of mine.” No, we are talking about a light that is so glorious, when the New Heaven and the New Earth are established, there will be no need for any kind of like because the glory and radiance coming from the light, Jesus, will be enough for everyone. This Jesus, through the plan of God, put on flash to come in the form of a baby, then leave us as the resurrected Christ. When I consider the plans and foreknowledge of God through and for the coming of Jesus, it leaves me in awe and I feel not needed! God, you got this!
But then, here’s the grace of it all. Nestled quite nicely between the light of the world, and that light coming into the world, is a story about a man named John. He was not the light as we are not the light, but he, like us, had seen the light. His job, his task was to proclaim and testify concerning This light, Jesus. As you read it seems perfectly clear that God has it covered and we have no part in God story. The good news is, God has everything covered and he wants us to be a part of his story.
Friends, just as the light of the world has pierced through the darkness of your heart and mine, He desires to use us so that he can pierce through the darkness in the hearts of those around us. God’s plans for Christmas was before the foundations of the earth, and His plans included the part where you and I get to testify about the light who put on the flash, Jesus.