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John 1:1-4

John writes the fourth gospel and in John 1 shows us a different view of Jesus.  Why four gospels?  Each gospel presents a different perspective on the life of Jesus, and we need all four of them to get the full picture.  Guzik describes the focus this way:

  • Matthew shows Jesus came from Abraham through David, and demonstrates that He is the Messiah promised in the Old Testament (Matthew 1:1-17).
  • Mark shows Jesus came from Nazareth, demonstrating that Jesus is a Servant (Mark 1:9).
  • Luke shows Jesus came from Adam, demonstrating that Jesus is the Perfect Man (Luke 3:23-38).
  • John shows Jesus came from heaven, demonstrating that Jesus is God.

Matthew, Mark, and Luke are known as the three synoptic gospels. Synoptic means “see-together” and the first three gospels present Jesus’ life in pretty much the same format. The first three gospels focus more on what Jesus taught and did; John focuses more on who Jesus is.

  • John shows us who Jesus is by highlighting seven signs (miracles) of Jesus. Six of these miracles are not mentioned in the first three gospels.
  • John shows us who Jesus is by allowing Jesus to speak for Himself in seven dramatic I Am statements.
  • John shows us who Jesus is by calling forth witnesses who will testify about the identity of Jesus. Four of these witnesses speak in the first chapter alone.

John is a gospel written for a specific purpose: that we might believe. It begins this way: “The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word. The Word was God, in readiness for God from day one”. When the beginning began, the Word was already there.  It was the beginning of the beginning.  With this brilliant statement, sets forth one of the most basic foundations of our faith – the Trinity. We can follow John’s logic:

  • There is a Being known as the Word.
  • This Being is God, because He is eternal (The Word was first)
  • This Being is God, because He is plainly called God (the Word was God).
  • At the same time, this Being does not encompass all that God is. God the Father is a distinct Person from the Word (in readiness for God).

What was God’s place in creation?  “Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing!— came into being without him”. God created all things – not some things – not most things – but ALL things.  There was not one thing that existed that came to be without His touch.  And the greatest of all creation was life.  “What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by”. This life is the light of men, speaking of spiritual light as well as natural light.  Life comes from God and Him alone.  He is the awesome creator of all things with life being the ultimate creation!

John 1

John 1 has the author taking us back to the foundation of the world and giving us a lesson on how the world came to be.  The Gospel of John was written for a specific purpose: that we might believe.  “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made”.  John is referring to Jesus Christ, as one of the Trinity who was with God and the Spirit back at creation. The Father and the Son (Jesus is known here as the Word) are equally God, yet distinct in their Person. The Father is not the Son, and the Son is not the Father. Yet they are equally God, with God the Holy Spirit making one God in three Persons.

John tells us that “In him was life, and the life was the light of men”.  Life comes to all of us through Jesus Christ.  The ancient Greek word translated life is ‘zoe’, which means “the life principle,” not bios, which is mere biological life. Therefore, without Jesus, we are dead and in darkness. We are lost spiritually and need a Savior.  John the Baptist comes to teach the world that Jesus is that light.  John “came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him”.  John wasn’t the light, but pointed the world toward Jesus Christ, the Word, who was.

John’s message is clear and gives us much hope.  We simply need to come to the Light and receive it.  “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right  to become children of God”.  What a promise.  We can receive God’s provision of life through Christ and become a child of God.  Latch onto the power in those words.  Freely given through grace – we can become God’s son or daughter.  John proclaimed “the Word  became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth….from  his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace….the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”.

What a powerful set of truths.  Jesus was with God at the creation and all things were made through Him.  He is the author of life, and through Him we can receive that light and become truly alive.  As we receive Jesus as Savior and Lord, we become children of God.  As a child, we have ultimate security – God will always be our Father no matter how far we stray.  We may break the relationship, but we’ll never lose our place as a son or daughter of the King.  Grace covers all sin, and has been given freely to anyone who will receive.  What a glorious story from a loving God who planned it all from before the beginning of time!  Have you received that grace?  The next move is ours…..

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