Summary: This sermon is from my book entitled, "John on the Run A Survey of the Bible New Testament Book of John." Pick up a hard copy or ebook now at: https://www.amazon.com/John-Run-Survey-Bible-Testament-ebook/dp/B01MXR29PB/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
The disciple whom Jesus loved is the moniker that John gives himself in the book of John. (John 13:23) Due to this inmate relationship with Jesus, we get to answer some of the more inmate questions about Jesus. We get to answer the following questions. Who was Jesus in eternity past? What did Jesus do in eternity past? What does it mean when it says that Jesus was the Word? How and why does John introduce Jesus this way while two of the synoptic Gospels begin with Jesus’ family lineage?
John does not mention Jesus’ family lineage. Mark begins his Gospel with the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy of Isaiah 40:3. The two synoptic Gospels of Matthew and Luke talks about Jesus birth in Bethlehem. John simply says in John 1:14, “ 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.”
In John’s Gospel, there isn’t fanfare nor drama. We did not hear about the census. We do not hear that there wasn’t any room in the inn. We did not hear that Jesus was born in a manger. We did not hear anything regarding the angels, the shepherds, Herod, the wise men, nor the killing of the babies in Bethlehem. What can we learn from John’s introduction of Jesus for the twenty-one-century church?
The Word of God (John 1:1)
Let me describe the differences in the Gospel of John from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke both discuss the lineage of Jesus’ family. The lineage on both his mother and step father’s side is examined. John unlike the Gospel of Mark is still dealing with Jesus’s family lineage. Mark starts his Gospel by talking about the voice crying out in the wilderness. John the disciple whom Jesus loved is giving a more inmate look of Jesus family lineage from His real Father’s side. John traces Jesus’ family lineage back to God the Father. In John 1:1 it states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Jesus had a family on the side of His Father, the Creator of all men. The family is the Holy Trinity. His family consisted of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We trace Jesus back to his family with God in this text. Jesus was at the beginning. Jesus was with God the Father at the beginning. Jesus was a God at the beginning.
His family members consisting of Himself and God the Father are mentioned in the upcoming text. If we look in the latter part of the text, it states that the Word became flesh and dwell amongst us. As we continue on, the third part of the Trinity which is the Holy Spirit comes into play.
Luke gives the detail as to how this happens from an interview with an angel in Luke 1:35. “The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” Therefore, the Word of God came from the family of God to do the Work of God.
The Work of God (John 1:3)