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Summary: In 5 sentences, John gives us a wonderful picture of who Jesus is and what He came to do. He came with a message of hope, from the place where hope is eternal, so that we may know His Father and the love that is provided free if we will accept it.

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Jesus is Life and Light

John 1:1-5

- Happy Mother’s Day to our mom’s!

-- Today as we begin our study of the book of John, we will see eternal love

-- That same love is what allows you to love your children so unselfishly

-- We give thanks for you, and thanks to the Lord for what He has given us!

Introduction

- The book of John is a tremendous book focusing on the ministry of Jesus

-- Written at approximately 90AD, it is the last of the four Gospels

- Matthew and Mark were written to target Jewish audiences

-- John however, wrote for the world, detailing 50 years of church history

- The gospel of John screams of the faith that we should have in Christ

-- It is the clearest example of living life FOR the one who redeemed you and I

-- He also knew the Jewish culture, and his writing is evangelistic in purpose

- John contains 7 different miracles are written in the book of John

-- It is intended to be documentary, but also to be convicting in comparison to us

- John uses the word “life” to indicate a new birth in Christ

-- His use of this word indicates something new; a fresh beginning

- The Gospel of John is often given to new Christians to read and learn

-- But why? It is the message of this Gospel that we need to see/learn from

-- What does this gospel teach so strongly that the 65 books may not?

- If we can learn to love like Jesus’, we can bring others to Him

-- We won’t bring a friend to something we do not like

-- We must learn to love Christ like John demonstrates first

-- But before we can love others, we must know Who it is that we must love

- Read John 1:1-5

- Pray

∆ Point 1 – In the Beginning

- What is key in verse 1 is the word choice that John uses

-- Genesis also uses “in the beginning” - signifying the beginning of everything

-- APP: There is nothing before something began; this is that time period

-- But how can time exist? Re: We are talking about the Creator of time!

- The central focus of verse 1 is eternal: “in the beginning”, Jesus always was

-- The doctrine for us to note here is the always existent Christ

-- He always was, and always will be, present with God (v18 repeats this idea)

- John uses the reference that Jesus is the Word (Greek: logos) of God

-- Since John is writing to a Jewish crowd, the word choice is intentional

-- The Jews often referred to God as “the Word” (which signifies authority)

- The Bible of course allows us to have no ambiguity about God’s authority

-- He is either Lord of all creation, or He is not able to assume any authority

-- This clarification is that God always was; and now has become flesh (incarnate)

- Greek word for incarnate is theotes; literally God's "essential (personal) deity”

-- This is only used when referring to God in Christ, which here He is!

- God was revealed to Abraham and his descendants as THE supreme authority

-- Here, that supreme authority is made flesh; with the same eternal qualities

- So, Jesus as described by John as both: eternal and plural (God in two persons)


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