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God. Lord. Messiah. Redeemer. Lamb of God. Bread of Life. Throughout the Bible, Jesus is called by many different names. And each one refers to an important place that Jesus holds in God’s plan for the salvation of humankind. "The Story of Jesus" provides you with an intimate look into the life, death, resurrection and everlasting glory of God’s son.

Excerpted from "The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People," the text of this newsletter is the actual, God-breathed words of the Bible. The Scripture text used in "The Story of Jesus" is taken from the New International Version (NIV). Sections in italics are transition text or discussion questions. Our goal is to make the Bible read smoothly and easily, so that you can read it just like you’d read a novel. But what you’re reading isn’t any ordinary story. You're reading a story that has the power to change who you are, what you think, and how you view life. You're exposing yourself to deep, transforming truth.

So sit back and spend some time discovering "The Story of Jesus."

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed 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.

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.

Why did Jesus come into this world?

Today's devotional is from The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People (NIV). © 2011 by Zondervan. Used with permission. All rights reserved. The Bible's title must be included when sharing the above content on social media.

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