August 1, 2016

Today you should read: John 1:1-18

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

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

6 thoughts on “August 1, 2016”

  1. Remembering Jesus eternally existed helps me keep prospective on the things in my life. No matter my circumstances, blessings or challenges, Jesus knows. He’s there with us and watching us. Not only that, he’s allowing all things into my life for my good (Rm 8:28)

    Excited to walk through this Gospel with my church family!

  2. Thanks for the commentary today Tim. John is also my favorite Gospel and I’m excited to be reading it together as a church.

  3. This is powerful. Thank you for jump start!

    I teach citizenship classes to immigrants who want to become American citizens. There are a lot of hoops to jump through. It’s incredible that God’s invitation into his family is completely paid for by Jesus. Citizenship in heaven also helps to put earthly trials in the correct perspective.

  4. Your last question is challenging me this morning. How does God want me to live out both truth (the facts-we are sinful and lost in our sin) and grace (unmerited favor-God gives us his undeserved favor and he calls on us to do the same for others) to those around me? It’s easier to focus on either truth or grace, but living both in the right balance is hard and only happens when I’m submitting to God’s will. I’m praying this morning about how to do that well.

    I’m looking forward to new insights from John.

  5. It still fills me with wonder to think that the very same Jesus who walked the earth also created it. Looking forward to John!

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