John 1 (ESV)
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. 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. 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. 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 . . . Continue Reading
Grace and Truth
I just love the picture of Jesus in John Chapter 1. I often think of Jesus in the context of His life, His earthly ministry and His death and resurrection. But we know that He was “in the beginning with God” and He “WAS GOD!” What a profound statement to realize that He “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8).
John 1:1 says that the “Word was God” and in John 1:14 says, “the Word became flesh…” The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 2:6, that though Jesus “was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped.” Isn’t that the Truth!
John 1:5 reminds me of the verse in John 3:19 that says, “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.”
There is so much to unpack in this chapter – enough for more than a lifetime.