Read John 1:29-34
Today, John introduces the one for whom he has been preparing the crowds. John’s mission from God had been to prepare the way, and from our reading today we hear more about that mission. John himself didn’t recognize who the Messiah was until he saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove, just as God had told him. The sign from God had revealed the identity of Jesus.
You may recall the other gospel writers don’t reveal Jesus’ true identity quite so boldly. Here in the first chapter, John has already called out Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God! In particular, John introduces him as the Lamb of God. I understand these are the only Biblical references to Jesus being the “Lamb of God.” What does that mean, exactly? Continue reading “John 1:29-34 – Lamb of God”
Read John 1:19-28
Having been a paralegal for trial attorneys for many years, I know how to prepare people to testify. Appearing in court can be a daunting experience, and we always wanted to help our witnesses feel ready. A good testimony is when the witness professes what he or she knows to be the truth based on an eyewitness account. In general, facts are what you’re looking for, not opinions or feelings. Of course, a line of questioning could take a more personal slant in some cases, invoking emotion, but sticking to the facts makes for good witness testimony. Continue reading “John 1:19-28 – How to Testify”
Read John 1:6-18
The Light has come into the world. That Light is Jesus, and we, like John, are witnesses to His majesty. John was related and lived at the same time, but we are the benefactors of the Light so we also have a story.
I love this verse, “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” We know from reading the gospels that the people didn’t recognize Jesus for who he was. They were awaiting a Messiah that would come in glory and power and set them free from the oppression and cruelty they endured. Jesus was not that kind of Savior. We can now become children of God when we believe and accept him. Continue reading “John 1:6-18 – The Light”
Read John 1:1-5
Sometimes I think John should be the first book of the New Testament because it begins as the first book of the Old Testament. “In the beginning.” But I’m sure there was a reason for the order the Bible texts were placed. What we do know from this is that Jesus was there at creation. He wasn’t Jesus yet because that was the name given him for humans. For now, our Jesus is “The Word.”
He was with God and is God. That is quite something to wrap your head around. But then understanding the immensity of God and how incredible he is, we should not be surprised. We will never be able to fully explain God or truly understand him. That’s not our job. Yet, it does help to understand the very God we want to more resemble. Continue reading “John 1:1-5 – Jesus, the Word”