“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For
the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.”
Who is Jesus?
This is one of the most critical questions that you will ever have to ask yourself. Many people have tried to answer this question with their own minds, experiences, and hopes without consulting who Jesus said that He was. We must care more about the label that Jesus gave himself over what our thoughts about Him might be. So, what does the very first chapter of the Gospel of John explain to us about Jesus?
Jesus is God. Much like the name that God gave to himself, (I am who I am) this truth does not seem to be logical, to us. More important than proving something that is outside of our understanding to fit into our realm of reasoning, I would suggest that we find something that proves that Jesus is God through the way that He explains himself. This will bring to light his purpose as God in flesh and also the heart and mission of God.
So why is it important that Jesus be labeled the Word of God? Of what use does this label have in God becoming flesh as Jesus?
Words were used to orchestrate our planet. Our God accomplished this feat of creation which we learned about in our first week. Words fashioned our world. Therefore, it should be possible for the One who fashioned life to also live among what He created.
Simple child’s play shows us this. The daughter plays dress up with her pet dog that was adopted at the pound. Due to the child’s heightened understanding she can belittle herself to the level of a dog and crawl around so that she can play with the animal as a “dog.” Certainly, the dog does not understand the complexity of what the child has accomplished but maybe a hint?
Unlike the child who had to act like a dog to fit into its world, God fully undertook the nature of what He created in flesh. We were created in His image. The person of God is similar to us just untainted with sin. This person is Jesus, who is God.
God humbly took on flesh, but the power of Jesus is how we are to know that Jesus indeed was God and has the power of God.
Many would attribute the proof of his deity to the miracles he performed such as feeding thousands, healing the sick, casting out demons, and walking on water. While miracles are evidently from God in the Old Testament and also from Jesus in the New Testament they mostly serve to point people to see Jesus as God. John more importantly portrays the power of Jesus as “full of grace and truth.”
In a sinful world, grace is vital in getting to God’s perfect design where no sin infects His children. But this grace has to be true. If the grace of God, found in the life and work of Jesus is false, then we have bought into a method of life that really doesn’t accomplish much. More than the thousands that Jesus feed with two fish and five loaves of bread, think of the millions that have been impacted by His grace.
John also alludes to light. Jesus is symbolized as the light and John is the one who bore witness to this light. Hopefully we can all agree that we need light in our world, but that we are not the manufactures of light. We enjoy the benefits of light yet cannot bring about the role that the sun plays on our own.
I love how many people think that the invocations that we come up with are so spectacular. We have created video games, satellites, electric cars, and space shuttles. How do these measure up to the galaxies designed by God? Who here is working on manufacturing a new sun for us to use so that we do not have to rely on the one that we now have? We sometimes give our innovations too much credit.
One of the greatest innovations that God has come up with is the plan for Jesus to redeem us. God who’s infinite worth, power, and holiness transcend our ability to understand, became a man who walked amidst the darkness as the light to shine into the darkness so that we could have hope. There was no hope for you and I as long as the light remained out of reach. But the light has come! The Word did become flesh to give you and I a way to amend our relationship with God, the delight of the world.
My hope is that you will see Jesus as the real person He is who did more than just tell us how to live a “blessed” life. Jesus is God. Jesus therefore has power. Jesus used his divinity to accomplish something beyond what normal carnality could accomplish. What He accomplished was impossible unless God truly was a real man in flesh.