Welcome to our study through the Gospel of John – and for some of you – welcome to Jump Start. It’s a life-changing experience to read through the Bible as a church.
I LOVE the book of John – it’s my favorite Gospel. It was written by John the Beloved – the disciple who was very close to Jesus. It’s a Gospel of the heart that gives a behind the scene view of the heart of our Savior.
Today gets us started. There is so much in these verses; so much theology, so much encouragement.
The Description of Jesus (v.1-5)
John 1:1-5 are verses we often refer to in order to describe Jesus. Verse 1 reminds us of Jesus’ eternality – that He always existed. He never began and will never end. He was always with God and He always was God. Jesus created everything (see Colossians 1:15-17) and gave life to lifeless creation (see Genesis 2:7).
The Witness of Jesus (v.6-9)
John the Baptist was Jesus’ cousin (son of Mary’s cousin Elizabeth) and God called him to prepare the way for Jesus’ arrival. John was NOT the Light but simply a witness to It (v.8).
The Mission of Jesus (v.10-14)
When Jesus came to the world He had created (v.1-4), they didn’t recognize Him. He came to His own people (the Jews) and they rejected Him and crucified Him – so Gospel became available for everyone (see John 3:16 and Romans 10:13).
But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. (v.12)
When we come into a relationship with God through Jesus we are reborn (see John 3) – not physically but spiritually and we get the gift of eternal life. All of this was made possible because Jesus – left His home in heaven and made His home among us, becoming human (v.14). He demonstrated grace and truth for all to see.
▪ What does that fact that Jesus is eternal (never beginning or ending) do for you? How does that bring you peace today?
▪ How can you be a witness to the Light (Jesus) today?
▪ Living a life that demonstrates both grace and truth is very difficult. What are some practical ways you can do that today?
By: Tim Parsons