John 1:1-18

day 1
There is an adage for teachers. “Tell what you are going to say, tell them, tell them what you said.” I can’t imagine a better beginning summary than these 18 verses.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (I love this part.)

  • Who will we be talking about? The Word.
  • Who is the Word? God.
  • Which God? The one who created all things – including life itself. The One who is a permanent light that cannot be put out.

Jesus came as a Jew into a Jewish world and a Jewish culture. The Jews were God’s own people, set apart since the time of Abraham to worship and follow the One true God – the Creator God – the “In the beginning God” the one who “created the heavens and the earth.” The one who said, “Let there be light.” So it is a powerful thing to say this Word was the same God.

Then John (the writer) introduces John (the Baptist) and explains his credentials: Sent by God; he is not the light but a witness about the light. His mission was to lead people to the true light. (That’s my mission too isn’t it?)

So what will JTB’s testimony be? “The long waited for Messiah has come! He will reach out to everyone. Some will reject Him but those who will receive Him – by believing – will become “children of God” born not of blood/flesh but of God.” This whole heritage thing was big. The Jews traced their identity all the way back to “sons of Abraham” but Abraham was a man. And as a man his linage came by way of people having babies in the normal way. Later Jesus will make this distinction again in His talk with Nicodemus “you must be born again” by the Spirit not the flesh. (How cool is it to see that key idea here?)

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory…”

Having lived with Jesus their testimony is remarkable. “Now JTB said Jesus was greater than him and this is the same Jesus that we are talking about. What we want to make clear is this Jesus was the only Son from the Father (God). And He displayed the glory and character and fullness of the God we serve. We are not discounting Moses who gave us the Law but Jesus? – He has given us grace and truth and revealed the Father to all of us.”

In summary Jesus is the Word (God himself), who became flesh like us so we could actually see the grace and truth of the Father. And if one believes they too can have a relationship with God (children of God).

It’s kind of mind-blowing when you try to get your head around it. I mean, how God would reach out to people this way. I could have never thought up a plan like this. I might have gone with something like Moses and a list of guidelines but never, ever would I have conceived of God becoming human! Makes me wonder if the Jews thought their Messiah would really be God Himself or were they looking for some Moses-Joshua-David kind of leader? This is where my preconceived ideas about how God works or should work get stretched out of shape. Lord, help me to believe because You said it instead of dismissing your plans because they don’t fit my picture!

About God?
Every detail of His rescue plan is unfathomable to the human mind.

About Me?
“My ways are not your ways” declares the Lord. No joke!

About the World?
Want to see God? Look at Jesus.

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