John Chapter 1
By Pastor Alex
“Behold, the Lamb of God!” John the Baptist cries. This is the invitation we all must receive as we begin the gospel of John.
John begins by harkening all the way back to the start of creation in Genesis chapter 1. Jesus is the Word that brought all things into existence, expressed right from the heart of God, possessing all the life and power of God. And the Word…is God. The Apostle John then makes this bold declaration about Jesus: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (1:5).
Right off the bat, John reveals the magnitude and glory of who this Jesus really is! “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory…” (1:14). When Jesus Christ enters into His creation as fully God, fully man, this is like pure light bursting into utter darkness – this is like “let there be light” all over again!
I encourage you to trace the theme of “seeing” through this first chapter. After all, when the true light finally comes, true seeing finally begins! Even more remarkable is the fact that “no one has ever seen God” (1:18); but now He has come to dwell among us!
Shortly after baptizing Jesus, John the Baptist saw him and publicly said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (1:29). When I have had my faith attacked and the enemy’s lies have come into my mind to shake my faith in Jesus, God has anchored me with this truth. There are a myriad of religions, of voices claiming to be “God,” claiming to bring peace and truth. But I want you to remember that, in the history of mankind, there is only one atonement. Jesus alone, by His blood shed on our behalf, can remove your sin, and mine. So many today, even in church, want to shy away from the helplessly sinful condition of the human heart. Yet, coming to terms with this is the very doorway into eternal life! Other religions and world views try to put a band-aid on an open wound, offering a prescription of good works and helpful principles, while our hearts remain desperately wicked. But Jesus alone has the power to take away our sin! He is the true healing balm for this sinful world.
When the first two disciples follow Jesus, they want to know where He is staying, but Jesus says, “Come and you will see.” When Philip told Nathanael they had found the Messiah, he expressed his skepticism, but Philip said, “Come and see.” In his first words with Jesus, Nathanael receives the wonderful news that the One he had come to see had already seen him. This is the awesome power of our Savior’s love. I am reminded of the words of an old Keith Green song: “Your face is all I seek; for when Your eyes are on this child, Your grace abounds to me.”
Be encouraged that the One you draw near to see today is the One who fully sees you.