The animated version of Disney’s Aladdin has always been one of my favorite movies. (Probably because I saw it with my husband on our second date in 1992!) There are two scenes early in the story when Aladdin asks Jasmine to do something scary, like jumping out a window or hopping on a flying carpet. He holds out his hand and says, “Do you trust me?” Because it’s a movie, she says yes—even though she has very little knowledge on which to base her trust.
If you are a Christian, you’ve put your trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation. But when you face scary, overwhelming, or difficult situations, you may wonder if you can continue to trust Him. God’s Word gives us evidence so we know He is worthy of our trust.
In John 1, we find many of those reasons, and we’ll look at several over the next few weeks. John introduces us to God’s Son this way:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
The Word is eternal. Genesis 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” And here John tells us that in the beginning, before creation began, the Word was there. John goes on to explain that this “Word became flesh and dwelt among us”—God’s Son, Jesus Christ (John 1:14).
The Word is divine. It’s not just that the Word was there or that the Word with with God—John makes the Word’s divinity clear with the simple statement, “and the Word was God.” All that’s true of God the Father—His holiness, love, faithfulness, sovereignty, power, wisdom, and so on—is also true of the Son.
And the divine Word wasn’t just there in the beginning—He will be there in the end. In Revelation 1:17-18, Jesus says: “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”
No matter what you face this week, you can trust the eternal Son of God.
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