I Am with You, Declares the Lord (Haggai 1:13)

Haggai 1:13 says, "Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: ‘I am with you,’ declares the Lord." This reassurance was given to the Israelites who had returned from exile and were tasked with rebuilding the temple. They were discouraged and overwhelmed by the enormity of the task, but God, through Haggai, reminded them that He was with them, providing the strength and encouragement they needed to continue their work. Today, this verse is a powerful reminder that God’s presence is always with us, especially when we face daunting challenges. Just as the Israelites felt overwhelmed by the task of rebuilding, we too often encounter situations that seem beyond our abilities. Whether it is a demanding job, family responsibilities, or personal struggles, we can feel discouraged and unsure of how to move forward. In these moments, God’s declaration, "I am with you," offers us the comfort and strength we need to persevere. Making this re

Nineteenth Day of Lenten Reflection: "In the beginning was the Word"

On this nineteenth day of Lenten reflection, we meditate on a profound and foundational truth from the Gospel of John: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). This passage, rich in theological depth, invites us into a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ's divine nature and His integral role in the creation and redemption of the world.

The phrase "In the beginning was the Word" takes us back to the very start of all things, echoing the opening of Genesis. Here, "the Word" (Logos in Greek) refers to Jesus Christ, who existed from the very beginning with God the Father. This opening statement of John's Gospel establishes that Jesus is not just a historical figure who appeared on earth two thousand years ago; He is eternal, existing before time and creation.

The identification of Jesus as the Word reveals the active and creative expression of God. Just as a word is a manifestation of thought and intent, Jesus is the perfect expression and revelation of God. In Him, the invisible God becomes visible, the intangible becomes tangible. This truth is especially poignant during Lent, as we reflect on the mystery of the incarnation: God becoming flesh and dwelling among us.

The declaration that the Word was with God and the Word was God emphasizes the unique relationship between Jesus and God the Father. They are distinct yet one, perfectly united in essence and purpose. This unity is central to understanding the nature of God as revealed in the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.

Furthermore, reflecting on "In the beginning was the Word" during Lent draws us into the story of redemption. Jesus, the eternal Word, entered into human history to bring salvation. His life, death, and resurrection are the climactic fulfillment of God's redemptive plan for humanity. Lent is a journey that leads us to the cross, where the Word made flesh sacrificed Himself for our sins, and to the resurrection, where He triumphed over death.

As we continue our Lenten reflection, let us ponder the magnitude of what it means that Jesus, the Word, was with God in the beginning. May this reflection deepen our awe and gratitude for the mystery of the incarnation and the salvation it brings. In Jesus, we see the fullness of God revealed, a truth that offers us hope, guidance, and the promise of eternal life.

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