John the Apostle penned five books of the New Testament: The Gospel according to John; 1st, 2nd, & 3rd John; and the Book of Revelation.
The Holy Spirit used the Apostle John to reveal the person of Jesus Christ in all His glory to man. In fact, this is his sole purpose in writing as is evident that the theme in each of his books center around the Deity and humanity of Christ.
In this book, John begins with the most profound statements found in any one book of the Bible. He makes his point with no room for argument or discussion. This is truth and we as the recipients have a choice to make. Will we believe and follow, or will we accept the consequence of disbelief? This theme runs throughout the entire book.
I don't believe one can summarize such teaching with any kind of justice. However, I pray by the grace of God, that these series of summary style teachings will peak the interest of others who have never studied the Bible. I pray they will encourage and challenge every reader to draw closer to God in a way he or she has never done before - perhaps even draw a heart or two which has strayed to return to the beauty, wonder, and power of the word of God.
READ JOHN CHAPTER ONE 1:-14
Who is Jesus?
The Word - Jesus is the very word of God expressed in human form. This means everything Jesus says is truth and a picture of the nature of God. He can and should be trusted. (Revelation 19:13)
He was with God - Jesus was with God (the Father) from the beginning. This means everything He said about the kingdom of heaven and how to get there is true. It also means He has always existed. Jesus is not a created being. (Genesis 1:26; 11:7)
He was God - Jesus was (and is) God. (God the Son - the second person of the triune Godhead.)
Creator - All things were made through Jesus. (Colossians chapters 1 & 2.)
Life and Light - Not "a" life or "a" light, but THE Life and Light. He is our only source for real life - both physical and eternal.
Mediator - Jesus is the only one qualified to give man the right to become children of God through faith in Him. This means salvation (entrance to heaven) cannot be attained through any other means accept through faith in Jesus. We cannot hang on the faith of others, and no one else dead or alive can convince God to let us into heaven. We are not automatically God's child. Through faith, we are adopted as sons and daughters. (John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Galatians 4:4: Romans 8:14-15)
Man - God became flesh and blood. This means He can relate to us in every way. He left His place of glory to come and live as man and die for man. (Hebrews 4:15)
Other words used to describe Jesus are: Fullness. Grace. Truth.
Jesus - the God/Man is the source of all things. Everything we study from here on out in this book has its foundation of these important truths.
Jesus is the word; God; Life; Light; Creator; Man; Truth; Fullness; Grace.
How then can we ignore or merely believe He was just a good man? How then can we not trust Him with our lives and hearts?
There are many other passages of Scripture to bring added depth and meaning to these truths. I encourage you to share what you know and dig for a few more.
Stay tuned. Next week we will look a little deeper into the differences between the Law brought through Moses, and grace and truth brought through Jesus as John turns his narrative from how things were in the beginning - That is before Jesus was born - and leads us into the life of Christ with those incredible words...
" And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..." John 1:14
What's on your mind?
Blessings in the name of Jesus.