Jesus is the Word
Jesus is the Word
I want us to go through the book of John, Now I know it will take awhile, but I know it will all be worth it. So open your Bibles to the book of John. Today we will try to cover the first eight verses. These first eighteen verses of the Gospel, which have a wonderful poetic ring, have been labeled by scholars with the unpoetic title “The Prologue.” But in spite of its poetic ring, the reader should be forewarned that this Prologue is one of the most complex theological statements in the Bible. An entire seminary semester’s course could be taught on these eighteen verses. Study of this text takes time, but those who ponder these magnificent words will learn that God will reward his children who diligently and prayerfully seek for understanding.
The book of John is often considered the most profound passage in all of Scripture, the first five verses of John’s Gospel introduce Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God. 1:1 affirms three great truths concerning him:
His eternality: “In the beginning the Word already existed.”
His personality: “He was with God.”
His deity: “He was God.”
“Word” is the Greek word logos, used frequently throughout the Greek NT and other literature of the day. It can mean message, word, concept, expression, or speech. Greek philosophers used the term; However, John used it in a unique way, to teach that Jesus was the embodiment or expression of all that God is. When we read Johns Gospel we learn about Christ, John teaches us in the first 5 verses that:
Jesus Christ was with the Father in eternity past (1:2).
As a part of the Godhead, he was the Creator (1:3).
He is both the light and life of all humankind (1:4).
The darkness of the fallen world could not “extinguish” his light (1:5).
All four Gospels begin by placing Jesus within a historical setting, but the Gospel of John is unique in the way it opens. The Book of Matthew begins with the genealogy of Jesus that connects Him to David and Abraham.
Mark starts with the preaching of John the Baptist.
Luke has a dedication of his work to Theophilus and follows that with a prediction of the birth of John the Baptist. But John begins with a theological standpoint.
It is almost as if John had said, “I want you to consider Jesus in His teaching and deeds. But you will not understand the good news of Jesus in its fullest sense unless you view Him from this point of view. Jesus is God manifest in the flesh, and His words and deeds are those of the God-Man.”
The Gospel of John contains many of the major themes, which are later reintroduced and developed more fully. (Listen to the words John uses to describe Christ: Just close your eyes and listen to how beautiful these words sound) “life” (v. 4), “light” (v. 4), “darkness” (v. 5), “witness” (v. 7), “true” (v. 9), “world” (v. 9), “Son” (v. 14), “Father” (v. 14), “glory” (v. 14), “truth” (v. 14). Two other key theological terms are “the Word” (v. 1) and “grace” (v. 14), but these important words are used in John only in this theological introduction. “Word” (Logos) does occur elsewhere in the Gospel but not as a title for Christ..
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Before the world was created, the Word already existed represents the Greek “in (the) beginning was the Word.” John obviously intends that his readers see a parallel between the opening words of his Gospel and the opening words of Genesis. “In (the) beginning” refers to the period before creation (creation is not mentioned until verse 3), and so in other translations we read this phrase before the world was created or “when all things began,”or “The Word was at the creation,” and “In the beginning, before the world was created” ]. John wants his readers to understand that at whatever point the creation began, the Word already existed.
As far back as man can think, in the beginning . . . the Word was existing. John chose this term because it was familiar to his readers, but he invested it with his own meaning, which becomes evident in his Gospel.
The Word was with God in a special relationship of eternal fellowship in the Trinity. The word “with” translates the Greek pros, which here suggests “in company with” (the same use of pros in 1:2; 1 Thes. 3:4; 1 John 1:2). John then added that the Word was God. Jehovah’s Witnesses translate this clause, “The Word was a god.” This is incorrect and logically is polytheism. (The teaching that there are many gods) Others have translated it “the Word was divine,” but this is ambiguous (open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature) and could lead to a faulty view of Jesus. If this verse is correctly understood, it helps clarify the doctrine of the Trinity. The Word is eternal; the Word is in relationship to God (the Father); and the Word is God. Jesus said many times that He has always been:
· John 14:9
· 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
11“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,”
Jesus never hid the fact that He was has always been or that He was God in the flesh,
Jesus Christ is the creative Word ( 3). There is certainly a parallel between John 1:1 and Genesis 1:1, the “new creation” and the “old creation.” God created the worlds through His word: “And God said, ‘Let there be.... ’ ” / “For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Ps. 33:9). God created all things through Jesus Christ (Col. 1:16), which means that Jesus is not a created being. He is eternal God.
The verb was made is perfect tense in the Greek, which means a “completed act.” Creation is finished. It is not a process still going on, even though God is certainly at work in His creation (John 5:17). Creation is not a process; it is a finished product.
1:4. Life is man’s most important asset. To lose life is tragic. John affirmed that in the ultimate sense, life is in Christ. Man’s spiritual and physical life comes from Him. Jesus, the Source of “life” is also the light of men ( 8:12). Light is commonly used in the Bible as an emblem of God; darkness is commonly used to denote death, ignorance, sin, and separation from God. Isaiah described the coming of salvation as the people living in darkness seeing a great light (Isa. 9:2; cf. Matt. 4:16).
1:5. Light’s nature is to shine and dispel darkness. Darkness is almost personified in this verse: darkness is unable to overpower light. By this, John summarized his Gospel record: (a) Light will invade the dominion of darkness. (b) Satan the ruler and his subjects will resist the light, but they will be unable to frustrate its power. (c) The Word will be victorious in spite of opposition.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
1:6. In addition to the eternal Word, a man came on the stage of history: his name was John. This John did not author this Gospel but was the great forerunner of Jesus known as John the Baptist. He was sent from God, which was the secret of his importance. Like the Old Testament prophets he was equipped and commissioned by God for special ministry.
1:7. the word witness is important in this Gospel (15, 32, 34; 3:11, 26; 5:31-32, 36-37; 18:37; 19:35; etc). (See the chart with the comments on 5:33-34.) John the Baptist was sent for people’s benefit to be an additional pointer to the truth of Jesus, the Revealer of the Father. People in sin are in such darkness that they need someone to tell them what is light. John’s goal was that all men might come to trust in Jesus.
1:8. John the Baptist was great, but he . . . was not the Light. Some evidence suggests that the movement begun by John the Baptist continued after his death and even after the death and resurrection of Jesus (4:1; . Mark 6:29; Luke 5:33). Twenty years after Jesus’ resurrection (cf. Acts 18:25; 19:1-7) Paul found about 12 disciples of John the Baptist in Ephesus. A Mandaean sect still continues south of Baghdad which, though hostile to Christianity, claims an ancestral link to the Baptist.
I think we will stop here for today and we will pick up next week on verse 9. I want you to understand that we serve the only true living God. All of these different cults want you to believe that there are many Gods and that the Bible is just a book. Church I want you to know that the Bible is true to the very word. Archeologist are using the Bible to find ancient history, because It’s true, prophecies from the Bible are coming true, that were spoken thousands of years before Christ. And this book says:
2 Chronicles 7:14
14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
13For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Christ says if you seek My face, Whoever calls on my name, Jesus wants us to make that step to Him He already paved the road we just have to walk it. Are you willing to take that first step either for the first time or come back into a relationship with your Lord and Savior?
I want to give you that chance today whether you have been saved and have backslidden or if you have never accepted Christ as your Savior. Whatever the reason this is your day. When the song plays you make a stand for Christ today. You come.