The book of John shows us Jesus in the most mind-blowing cosmic way imaginable. This sermon brings out the majesty and glory of Jesus as seen in the first few verses. Prepare to see Him in a new and bigger way.
“Who Is This Jesus?”
From the Series, “Encountering Jesus in John”
We are starting a new series called Encountering Jesus in John. Today, we’re focusing on first part of first chapter.
Who is Jesus to you?
Not a theological question, but a personal one. God, Lord, Savior? Do you think of Him much? Do you speak about Him much? Is He more significant in your life than coffee? Or essential oils? Or your political views? Many of us have Him in a box, reducing Him so we can understand or deal with Him.
The book of John is a great place to start to recapture something of who this Jesus really is.
This must have shocked the original readers with its reference to the beginning of the Bible. There wasn’t one serious Jewish Christian that wouldn’t have been just a bit shaken by those words.
And the fourth word: “In the beginning, God” was in their heads. Every person reading or hearing this for the first time would have been full of anticipation of what was to come next. “In the beginning, God” gets changed into “In the beginning was the Word.”
“Logos.” To the Greeks, it carries the idea of a great philosophical thoughts or utterance made by a living voice, a unifying principle of cosmic law by which all things happen. John picks up on that and finds that it really pointed to Jesus, and he connected it to the God of the Old Testament. The Jews would have been familiar with the word, in relation to God and God’s creating the universe, holding it together, and communicating to man. The Logos was thought of as God’s power and speech.
Who is this Jesus? He’s God last statement to mankind! (See also Heb 1:1-3)
We don’t need anything else! So how can someone who came to earth 2000 years ago be God’s final word to us! Don’t forget–the Holy Spirit-led writers to create the Written Word for us, and then gave the church various gifts (like prophecy) that still minister to us today. But it’s all from Jesus, and it’s all about Jesus. We don’t need the Quran, the Book of Mormon, or Dianetics (the book of Scientology).
“And the word was God.” This one’s been torn apart from every which end. But for us, our takeaway is that Jesus is divine.
Then we get to something we CAN understand. Genesis said God created the heavens and the earth. John echoes that, and points to Jesus. (See also Colossians 1:16).He made you and everyone else. He made the planets, the sun, and the clouds. He made every flower and shrub.
Think about Jesus for a minute. He made the wood and stray in his manger. He created the animals around Him. He made the materials that the Temple was made of. Then He was crucified by people HE MADE on a cross made of a tree He made.
v. 4-5 “In him was life, and the life was the light of men..darkness didn’t comprehend it.” (We’ll see more of this contrast in John later.)
V. 6-13 “The world didn’t know Him. His own people didn’t receive Him.”
Then v. 14, the most extraordinary event in human history! The God who made the world and everything in it came down to be a part of it.
V. 15-16–John talking about Himself, and saying Jesus was BEFORE him!
There are lots of reasons John wrote this book–end…that we would believe. But perhaps the most amazing thing we can personally take from the beginning of John was that God came in human form so He could know us, and we could know Him.
See also John 17:3.