November 4, 2007
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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?
John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.
And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
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And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.
And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.
Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?
Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?
But he spake of the temple of his body.
When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.
But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
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The introductory verses to John 1 give us tremendous insight into the Person of Jesus Christ. Verse 1 gives us the famous statement,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Here we see several truths about Jesus. First of all we see that Jesus is God. He is not a created Being, for He existed before the beginning of time. The Bible does not say that Jesus Himself began in the beginning; It states that He already was in existence at the beginning. Thus, He is eternal. He has existed as long as Jehovah has existed. We also see the teaching of the Godhead here. Jesus was “with” God, but He also “was” God, indicating that there is more than one Personality in the One God.
In verse 3 we see Jesus as being the Creator of all. We often tend to think of God the Father as being the Creator, but the Bible teaches that all three Members of the Trinity were involved. Here we see Jesus mentioned specifically, and in Genesis we see the Father (Gen. 1:1) as well as the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:2). Verse 3 also includes further revelation that Jesus Christ has existed eternally. It says,
“Without Him was not any thing made that was made.”
If Jesus was a created Being, then He could not have created Himself, and thus this verse would be incorrect. However, because Jesus is eternal, and existed before even the creation of time and space, He could, and did, create the entire material universe.
Having seen the Word as being both God and Creator, John turns to reveal Him as the Savior. Verse 4 tells us that He is the Source of life. Now this undoubtedly can reference the fact that there would be no life of any kind if it were not got Christ, but I believe the emphasis of this verse is that His life is the life that men can have for all eternity. His life brings the light of salvation to a sin-darkened world. Note that there is no other source of life and light. Life comes from Him, and the light that men need to have a relationship with God is found only in Him as well.
Unfortunately, many people chose to reject the light of Jesus Christ. It would seem that men should have accepted Him readily, for His light shown out as a blazing beacon in an otherwise blackened world. Yet the world at large did not want to understand and receive Him. According to verses 6-8 God even sent a forerunner to prepare the way for His Son. John the Baptist came in fulfillment of prophecy (Mal. 3:1) in order to show the Jews that their long-awaited Messiah was coming, yet they still refused to listen. Note in verse 7 that the goal of John, as well as of God Himself, was that “all men through Him might believe”. God has never desired that some of His creation might go to Hell. He sent His Son to die for all (II Cor. 5:15), and the light of Jesus Christ “lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”
Verse 11 specifically mentions the rejection of Jesus by the Jews. He came unto “His own” (the Jews), but for the most part He was not received by them. Yet, thankfully, the offer of eternal life was not limited to those of Jewish descent, for the Scriptures continue,
“as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”
This includes the Gentiles as well. Any person, regardless of ethnic heritage that receives Christ as Savior becomes a child of God with all the rights and privileges that come with that position. Note that verse 13 tells us that salvation only comes through God; a man’s bloodline will not save him, nor will his own works, or the works of any one else.
The introduction concludes with a statement concerning the Incarnation:
“and the Word became flesh”.
The amazing fact that the eternal Creator was able and willing to become a man so that He could die for the sins of the world is revealed to us here. He was “full of grace and truth” for He is the Truth, and He revealed to man the grace of God that would save them if they would only believe it.
Jesus Christ is all God and He is all man. The eternal God willingly came to earth as a man to provide salvation for his creation. What a wonderful and awesome Person He is!
Pastor Mark J Montgomery