The Word became flesh
The Word Became Flesh: The gospel of John declares that the Word that spoke all of creation into existence has come! In the preamble that John uses to introduce the book he details the when, where and who of the person of Jesus Christ (1:1-18). These Christ centered themes that John starts the book with are followed throughout the book as the author illuminates the truth of who Jesus is and who He came to show.
God’s light to men
The Bible tells us that all of creation was Created by the Word of God. While all of creation once laid in darkness, it was illuminated to light by the Creator of the Cosmos. (Gen. 1:1-2). The gospel of John reveals to us that This Word of creation, this Light who sustains and saves, is none other than the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1). Through this series we will see that mankind now has the opportunity in and through the person of Christ to experience true Life through embracing the Light shining into their darkness.(John 14:6).
The gospel of John’s first 18 verses of the chapter (1:1-18) are spent communicating the eternal truth of who Christ is through the eyes of His father.That is the prologue(1:1-18).
This leads into the next 15 verses (1:19-34) which are spent focusing on what John the Baptist states about himself in relationship to Jesus(1:19-34).John states that first he is there to point to the need for Christ (1:19-28) and that the Messiah has now come and He has been blessed by God as His Son and humanities forgiver (1:29-34).
The First Followers
The second to last section of the initial chapter transitions into the logical continuum of the effects of John pointing to the answer of his ministry: Jesus of Nazareth(1:35-42). This leads to not only Andrew (and possibly John) but also Simone (who Jesus gives the name Peter, meaning ‘Rock’). Lastly, John continues the call of the first disciples by illustrating for the reader the purpose of Christ’s ‘miracles’ (called signs in this Gospel): to encourage the growth of faith not to be their source (1:43-51).
Chapter two of the Gospel of John is as quick as it is direct. At first glance, Jesus seems to have a personality split as he begins the chapter by causing joy at a wedding by making wine from water (2:1-12). Quickly (a few days later) after this joyous occasion he transitions into going into Jerusalem and wrecking the commerce taking place in the temple during the Passover (2:13-25). These two stories are John’s way of showing us that Jesus is sincerely both Truth and Light (1:1-17). Jesus exemplifies His Fathers values through His core characteristics that shine brightly through. As the GodMan, He does not sacrifice the Truth of His Father (the purpose of the temple was to give honor to his heavenly Father) while also still being the Light of His Father (showing grace to His earthly mother at the wedding).
The third chapter of John is split up into two questions which answers reveal the nature of the purpose Christ came: to bring salvation. The first question arises out of the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus, here Jesus’ explains what acquiring eternal life entails: rebirth by the Spirit. The disciples of John the Baptist pose the second question to their Rabbi; “why is everyone going to Jesus…and do you care John?” John’s reply points directly to the reality that his role on earth is to lead to the bridegroom and make way for Him; Christ is the one God sent to forgive man..John was sent to point to the need for Christ!