Notes: July 2, 2009

Who is Jesus?

Read the first eighteen verse of the gospel of John. Do you at all get the idea that John believed Jesus was nothing more than a good man, a wise teacher, a moral example for all mankind? Do you see Jesus as being but one of many equals in a pantheon of saviors? Do you sense that following Jesus is a good idea; but you’re free to find God any way that you will?

John 1:1-18

  • Danny Glover’s son in the Lethal Weapon movie helped to popularize use of “word” as a greeting among friends. Plato used it to describe divine wisdom and logic. John uses the morpheme to glorify Jesus as the Son of God (v. 1, 14).
  • Not only was this Son of God, the Word, with God even in the beginning (remember Genesis 1:1), this Son of God WAS God (v. 1-2).
  • This divine Word as the creator of all that was created (v. 3). Therefore one can conclude that He was not created.
  • As Creator He is the source of both life and light in men (v. 4-9).
  • No, not everyone acknowledges Christ as the divine Son of God. Their failure to comprehend or submit to truth does not, however, negate the truth (v. 10-11).
  • Some did receive Jesus the Messiah in faith. These are the children of God (v. 12).
  • Remember that they are God’s children not because of anything they or their parents have done, but because of what God has done (v. 13).
  • The divine and eternal Word became flesh (v. 14). Incarnation. God in flesh.
  • John the Baptist never claimed to be the Messiah. Instead he pointed men to Christ (v. 15).
  • Moses will be remembered for the 10 commandments; Jesus Christ brought grace and truth into the world (v. 16-17).
  • Jesus Christ, the Word, the only begotten Son of God, has revealed God to man (v. 18).