“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him …” The cosmos was made through the Logos, the Word of God. The doctrine of creation is vital to our doctrine of Christ. The story of creation is just not another story. It’s what anchors us to what the rest of the Bible tells us about God’s salvation.
God values testimonies. The kingdom of God makes good use of faithful witnesses who boldly testify about Jesus Christ. When was the last time you bore witness of Jesus Christ? You may not know much about Jesus or about the Bible. But if you have experienced Jesus’ work in your life, you can talk about Him.
John the Baptist was an integral part of God’s mission of redemption through Jesus Christ. God sent him on a mission. John the Baptist bore witness of the splendor of Yahweh that was made manifest through the Person of Jesus, the Christ. He was faithful to God and to his mandate as a witness. Attempts to portray the Baptist’s ministry as a part of the ‘Old Covenant’ are misplaced.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness never overpowered it. “John 1:5
What is “darkness”? What does it represent in John’s Gospel? How did Jesus overcome darkness? What is the promise that it holds to us today?
After describing Jesus as the eternal, divine, personal Logos (Word) John used a second image that was already popular among Jews. Jesus was the true Light. This is the first of a series of imagery in which John used the adjective ‘true’ or ‘good’ to emphasize the uniqueness of Jesus Christ.
Like the Logos, the motif of ‘light’ too would have struck a chord with his Jewish readers. How were the Jews acquainted with the motif of ‘light’?
In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God. The Word was God. John 1:1
The Fourth Gospel opens with an astounding claim about the Logos, the Word.
The implications of this statement are significant. John wanted his Jewish readers to sit up and take notice of the man called Jesus, presented here as the Logos. What all claims did John make about this Logos?
Where was Jesus from? Was He a Galilean? Or, Was He a Judaea? Does it really matter where Jesus was from? Why was this such an important question for the Jews? How does the apostle John respond to their objections?
On the other hand, is there any point glorying in one’s home town, or in one’s country? What about fervent nationalism that causes us to look down on poorer countries or neighborhoods?
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Compared to the three Synoptic Gospels, John’s Gospel has several distinctive features. John’s Gospel starts with a bang. He is forthright about his intention to present Jesus Christ as Messiah and God. He goes about that task right from the very first verse. John included several signs that the Synoptic Gospels omitted. He also included several instances of Jesus ministering to individuals. And finally, there are far more confessions of faith in John’s gospel.
Although all four accounts of Jesus’ earthly life and ministry are similar enough to be called “Gospels,” the first three – Matthew, Mark and Luke – are known as Synoptic Gospels. The term synoptic indicates a similarity in perspective. John’s perspective, however, is unique in more than one way. John is different from the Synoptic Gospels in the way it introduces the theme of the Cross.
The first eighteen verses of John’s Gospel serve as a prologue to the book. It offers us a preview of the Gospel. In other words, discovering the theme of the prologue will lead us to the theme of the whole book. An examination of key terms and the structure of the prologue will reveal its theme. Check out the reverse symmetry in the prologue. It reveals the central themes of this Gospel.