Jesus, more than just a teacher
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH?
In order to get the best account of who Jesus is, it’s probably best to start with the words of Jesus himself.
Then we can get the account of those who were closest to him – the disciples.
We will look at the gospel of John today because we will see that Jesus’ beginnings are from before his birth
While Matthew, Mark and Luke begin their gospel accounts with the birth of Jesus, the setting in Jerusalem, etc. Matthew and Luke start with a genealogy, Mark goes right into the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. The apostle John’s account of the gospel begins way before Jesus was on earth.
The apostle John makes some claims that show that Jesus is more than a human being. While the other three gospels develop the divinity of Christ throughout their gospels, John goes right into it from the verses of his gospel.
we find a Jesus who is called “the Word” – logos in Greek. Action word also used to denote “Wisdom” by the modern-day philosophers. This “Word” was with God, was God, created, was light, the source of life. People rejected this source of wisdom, this “Word”, the “word” dwelt among us, from the Father, etc.
John is setting the reader up to understand from the get-go that Jesus is no ordinary man. His beginnings are from everlasting to everlasting. Everything that happens from chapter 1 and forward, the reader knows Jesus’ backstory.
John begins with “in the beginning the Word”
Sounds like where it says “in the beginning God.”
The Word - logos