Overflowing, extravagant, glorious Life

Okarito beach

Our experiences as individuals make us sensitive to different aspects of who Jesus Christ is. For me, with fifteen years of working in biochemistry labs behind me, the statement, In him was life” (John 1:4) hits me with an explosion of glory and wonder. I have painstakingly pulled apart cells and molecules searching out the mechanisms which sustain life, but life itself remains elusive.

In him was life

Jesus is not only a means or channel of life, it is in him, life does not exist apart from Christ. Life is in the Word and therefore there is life in his creation (John 5:26).

This was imprinted on my memory one day when I stood on Okarito beach in Westland National Park where, from the sea behind me, the stones under my feet, the seaweed on the beach, the grassy dunes, the scrub beyond and then the lush, vibrant rainforest cloaking every hill and mountain right up to the snow came a grand testimony to God’s love of life and living things. It is in Him that we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28), we should be very glad the life that is in the Word is indestructible (Hebrews 7:16) because the life inherent in Jesus Christ is our hope.

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