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John 1:1-18: Who is Jesus and Why Does it Matter?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
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The Answer

No, this isn't a post about Allen Iverson, one of the most dynamic scorers I've ever seen. It's about a song. As some of you may know, I strongly dislike CCM. The majority of the "artists" are untalented and an equal or greater majority write superficial lyrics that push a "feel-good" Christianity that I sometimes oppose and am never encouraged by. There are a few artists that rise above this, and even when I don't always agree with them theologically, represent a humble Christ-centered approach to Christian music combined with real musical talent.

Shane & Shane are one of those few artists that minister to me spiritually. I love a number of their songs, but my favorite is The Answer (video below). The guitar is awesome: subtle and layered, worth pondering further. The lyrics are the same. They have a simple message, that of God's love for us and ours for him, but it is expressed in a rich and biblical way. At the end of the day, it is God&#…