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Jesus is God who became a man. John was a witness. Now, a decision must be made: Will you receive or reject Christ?

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Introduction

General: Reveal Game, The first person to come to the stage will get free candy.
Subject: The Bible reveals a statement about who Jesus is. The question is:
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Will we believe it and act on that belief?
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I. Jesus is God (vv. 1-5). The Word is fully divine.

John 1:1–5 NIV
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Exposition
In this passage, Jesus is called “the Word.” This title brings together the Jewish idea of the Word of God as the revelation of who God is, and the secular philosophy of the day, which held that the ultimate beginning, source, and cause of all things was an original word, an idea from which all other words and ideas derive their being. In calling Jesus “the Word,” John is saying that Jesus is the fulfillment of everything the OT pointed to and everything the secular philosophers looked for. He is both the living Word of God and the ultimate source of all things.
In these verses, the Apostle John is making the bold, brash claim that Jesus is God.
Jesus is called “the Word,” the fulfillment of both Jewish ideas and secular philosophy
In the beginning — Jesus is eternal
The Word — Jesus is the fulfillment of the OT
With God and fully God — Father and Son
The Word created all things
The Word is the source of life and light
Jesus himself claimed to be God.
John 5:18 NIV
18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
John 10:30–33 NIV
30 I and the Father are one.” 31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” 33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
Implication
The claim that Jesus is God is unique among major world religions. Besides Christianity, the major world religions today are Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Not one of their founders or key leaders has ever claimed to be God. Jesus is the only founder of a major world religion who himself claimed to be God.
Application

II. God became a man (v. 14). The Word became flesh.

John 1:14 NIV
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Exposition
No serious historian today doubts that Jesus was an actual person who truly existed in history. So, the question is not was Jesus a real person; the question is was Jesus who he claimed to be? Was Jesus really God? Just for a moment, let’s pretend the answer is yes, Jesus was really God. What does that mean?
Implications
God himself became an actual human being living in our world. He’s not some invisible, theoretical person who only exists in books and stories—but he became an actual living, breathing, flesh-and-blood human being like you and me. He left his throne in Heaven to be born of a virgin, a teenage girl who gave birth to the Son of God in a stable. His first crib was feeding trough. His adopted dad was a contractor. They lived in a small town a few miles from nowhere.
God cares about our world and is personally involved in our lives. Jesus came from the Father full of grace and truth, to pay for our sins by dying in our place on the cross, and to lead us back into a relationship with our Heavenly Father through faith in Christ.
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Application

III. Christ is revealed in us (vv. 6-8). The Word shines through personal testimony.

John 1:6–8 NIV
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
Exposition
Illustration: My testimony…
Application: If you’ve already trusted in Jesus as your great God and Savior, you’re in the same boat as John: You’ve been sent by God as a witness to testify about the light of Christ that fills your life. Are you shining the light of Christ into the darkness around you? Are you sharing your story as a witness for Christ?
Application

IV. A decision must be made (vv. 9-13). Will you receive or reject Jesus?

John 1:9–13 NIV
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
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Conclusion

Jesus is God who became a man and is revealed in us. Will you receive or reject him?

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