We are marking the season of preparing for Christmas this year with a family study of the Names of Jesus that will go through Christmas day. Each day of the study, we will post a Bible reading with a Name of Jesus to direct our focus, ideas for discussion with your family, and an example SOAP from our team (this study is adapted from Karen Caroe’s study). This study also has a fun paper chain to make with your family (Click HERE).
Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Then, read and discuss the verse with your family around the dinner table, in the car, before bed, or another time when you can be in intentional devotion to Jesus. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts on the verse, discussion with your family, or your favorite Christmas traditions. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Revelation 19 – The Heavenly Warrior Defeats the Beast
11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.
13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.
14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
king of kings and lord of lords.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”
19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21 The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.
John 1:1-14 – The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
When you hear “The Word”, what do you think of? What similarities do you see between John 1:1 and Genesis 1:1? Why is “in the beginning” stressed in both places and what does that mean about Jesus? How should understanding that Jesus is The Word change how we read the Bible?
The Word | Jess Howell
Revelation 19:13, John 1:1
Before the world existed, God had His plan. He already knew everything that would happen in the world. He knew we as a human race would fail time and again. He knew we would need a Savior. He knew we would need to hear Him speak through His Word. He created it ALL before we even existed.
I very much recall a lengthy discussion with my kids on this very verse awhile back. It’s a hard concept to wrap your head around something that existed before it existed. But that’s who Jesus was and still is today. I often forget the awesomeness of what God created in His Word and through His Son. Christmas is that time of returning to the Beginning.
Father God, I have been chasing and chasing and chasing after too many things lately. It’s been steering me away from You. I want to come back to You and rest in Your presence and the miracle of Jesus. Amen.
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