John 1:1-15 JESUS: THE WORD OF GOD
Intro: The Gospel of John was penned by the aged Apostle in about 85 AD.
It was the last of the four Gospels to be written. By the time this book was circulated
among the Christian community, the other Gospels were household words. People the world
over had already the accounts of the life of Christ as recorded by Matthew, Mark and Luke.
These first three Gospels are called the Synoptic Gospels. The word "synoptic"
means "to see together." This means that the first three Gospels contain many of
the same stories and teachings, but told from a different angle. Yet, each fully inspired
by the Lord.
John's Gospel is different! In the pages of this wonderful book, we see
a side of Christ that the other Gospel writers do not touch on. John was part of that
blessed inner circle. That handful of Disciples that was with Christ during some of His
most intimate moments. In this Gospel John gives us 21 blessed chapters. Chapters that, as
each unfolds, presents a new facet of His divine character. As time goes by, I intend to
preach from each of these portraits of Christ that John gives us. We will call this series
Portraits Of Christ In John's Gallery.
In this opening chapter, John paints a picture of Jesus: The Word Of
God, and it that image that we want to focus in on tonight. Let's look together at Jesus:
The Word Of God. Three truths are revealed in these verses about the Word of God.
I. V. 1-3 JESUS IS THE PREEXISTENT WORD
A. V. 1a He Is The Constant Word - According to
this verse, Jesus has simply always existed! He didn't come into being in Bethlehem, but
He has been here throughout all the endless ages of eternities past. (Ill. Was in verse 1
= "always has been." Contrast this with was in verse 6. This word used
concerning John the Baptist means simply "to become." John became, but Jesus
always has been!) Thank God He is the constant, unchanging Word of God - Heb. 13:8. That
is why the Christian can depend on Jesus. He will never fail us nor leave us - Heb. 13:5.
B. V. 1b He Is The Communing Word - This phrase
says that Jesus "was with God." That is, He was present in the heavenlies in the
presence of God, yet He stood as a distinct Person. (Ill. When this phrase is taken along
side the other 2 in this verse, the reality of the Trinity is on display. This verse
teaches us that Jesus is God, yet He is still a unique being.
(Ill. Jesus Christ wasn't an after thought with God. He wasn't something
conjured up when things got out of control. Jesus was there when God moved to make man in
His image - Gen. 1:26. Jesus was there in Heaven when the plan to redeem the world was
formulated - Rev. 13:8; Eph. 1:4; Titus 1:2; 1 Pet. 1:19-20. Since before time began Jesus
was with the Father in Heaven.)
C. V. 1c He Is The Controversial Word - When
Jesus came preaching repentance, Mark 1:15, men thought He was strange. When He began to
heal and perform miracles, men thought He was a prophet sent by God, John 3:2. When He
spoke the Word of God with power, men thought He was amazing, Luke 4:36. However, when
Jesus claimed equality with God, men thought He was crazy, John 19:7. He stopped being a
blessing and became a controversy when He claimed to be God, John 14:9, "Jesus
saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?
he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew
us the Father?"
(Ill. Men still grapple with these truths! They are willing to accept
the humble Christ, the teaching Christ, the meek Christ, the dead Christ, the serving
Christ. However, they will not give acknowledgment to the God/Man Jesus Christ. He is
still 100 % God and 100% man all wrapped up in one. It is best summed up by Paul in Phil.
2:5-8. In these amazing verses, the Apostle sets forth in clear, concise language, the
fact that Jesus existed before Bethlehem. That He willing humbled Himself and came to this
world in the condition of a servant. (Ill. Form = condition) Jesus is God in human flesh!)
D. V. 3 He Is The Creative Word - This verse
tells us that Jesus was the energy behind the creation of the universe. He spoke and it
was! He stood on the edge of nothing and spoke all this into existence, Col. 1:16-17.
(Ill. I am grateful that this God is my God, that this Savior is my
Savior! I am glad that I can know Him the free pardon of sin and that salvation is in His
control. The worries and pressures of life begin to grow amazingly dim when confronted
with the power and might of our all powerful Savior - Matt. 28:18!)
E. These four truths, taken as one give us the clear teaching that Jesus
is the pre-existent Word of God. He has always been and He always will be! Thank God,
there will never be a day throughout eternity that doesn't include Jesus! No matter where
we wind up, or what we have to face as we travel through this world, we can rest assured
that the pre-existent One is, and always will be, there for us. He is the pre-existent
Word of the Living God!
II. V. 14 JESUS IS THE PERSONALIZED WORD
(Ill. This verse is one of the clearest in all the Bible regarding the
Incarnation of Jesus Christ. Incarnation being a fifty cent word that simply means
"the bodily manifestation of a supernatural being.")
A. The Manner Of His Incarnation - This verse
tells us that "The Word became flesh and dwelled among us." The manner of His
incarnation is a mystery. How could God become a man? The answer to this question lies in
the mind of God alone. All we know is that God chose a virgin named Mary and caused her to
miraculously conceive and bring forth a baby. I do know that on that night when Jesus was
born, God had come to earth. Somehow, the Word, became flesh! While Jesus himself had
existed from all eternities past, He took up on Himself a robe of flesh there in
Bethlehem. The Creator was born to the creature. God placed His life in the hands of
mortals. My what a scene that must have been!
(Ill. This verse says that God "dwelled" among us. That word
is rich in meaning. It literally means that Jesus pitched His tent here among mortals. He
lived among us, worked among us, prayed among us, suffered among us and died among us. God
walked upon the earth and was unrecognized by many who came into close contact with Him.
Ill. What a tragedy that men came in contact with the Savior and still failed to recognize
(Ill. Recently, President Clinton journeyed to Israel. It cost the
United States and the Israeli government millions of dollars and much frustration to
accommodate him there. Yet, when he arrived, they gave him a wonderful welcome. 2,000
years ago, God came to Jerusalem and they killed Him. Isn't is amazing that the President
of the United States of America is safer in this world than God was.)
B. The Mystery Of His Incarnation
- The word was "made" flesh. This word carries the meaning "to appear in
history, to step onto the stage." There in Bethlehem, God stepped out of eternity and
onto the stage of human history. He came a tangible proof of the existence of God and of
God's willingness to save mankind. When He was here on earth and through the record left
to you and me, we can see that Jesus came to this world to reveal God to man. He did this
through the medium of His flesh - 1 John 1:1. (Ill. Often, I envy those men, then I
remember the words of Jesus - John 20:24-29. Not everyone who saw Jesus on this earth came
to faith in Him!
C. The Majesty Of His Incarnation - (Ill.
"We beheld His glory") John actually saw the glory of Jesus in a very real
sense. In Matthew 17, John, along with James and Peter accompanied Jesus upon a mountain
side. There Jesus allowed the veil of His flesh to be pulled aside and He revealed the
glory that was concealed beneath. Jesus concealed His heavenly fame within an earthly
frame. However, His greatest glory was revealed the day He allowed Himself to be nailed to
a cross and died for sinners. On Calvary, the glory of God was in sharp focus! After all,
That was the reason Jesus left the halls of Heaven and came to live among men. He took
upon Himself a robe of flesh so that He might be able to die for mankind. That is what He
did for each and every one of us this evening. To me the greatest evidence of the glory of
God is the broken body of Jesus Christ having demonstrated His love for me in the clearest
of terms, Rom. 5:8.
III. V. 18 JESUS IS THE PROCLAIMING WORD
(Ill. According to this verse, Jesus came to reveal God to man. The word
"declare" means "to unfold." Every thing the Lord did was simply in an
effort to unfold more of the revelation of God to man. Men needed to see God not just as a
Lawgiver, but also as a lover. Not only as a judge, but as a justifier. Not as some stern,
hateful being, but as a saving, caring God. Jesus did just this by His life - John 14:7-9;
Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:3. Jesus came to put God on display before men and He did this in two
A. V. 4-9 He Came To Proclaim Light
- He came to a world in spiritual darkness and opened the curtains of grace revealing the
truth of God to men wandering in darkness. Jesus came to illuminate the pathway of men
toward God. This light will accomplish one of two things. It will either cause men to
repent of their sins and run to the opened arms of the Lord, or it will cause them to
reject the light and continue on their course of darkness. One will lead to salvation, the
other will lead to damnation! John 3:36!
(Ill. Thank God for the light that He gave fallen man! Now, we do not
have to be bound by the stringent rules of Law but are free to respond to the lovely
pleadings of grace. And, praise the Lord, this light reaches out to all men - v. 9! Even
B. V. 10-13 He Came To Proclaim Life - Jesus
came to His people, who had His Word and were living in His promised land. He came to tell
then that there was a way to come to the Father and to experience eternal life. In what
may be the saddest verse in the Bible, they refused this call from the sinner's friend to
come to Him. However, verse 12-13 make is clear that anyone who will respond positively to
the light of God and will come to Jesus and receive Him into their heart and life will
experience the new birth and will enter into eternal life.
(Ill. John makes it clear in verse 13 that this life comes not by our
natural birth (not by blood), not by our own good works (not the will of the flesh), not
the work of another, (the will of man), but only through the will of God. And, just what
is the will of the Father? John 6:36-40! There is only one entrance into life and that is
through the Son of God. He is the Door, John 10:9; and He is the Way, John 14:6. If anyone
will enter into life, they will enter through Jesus!)
Conc: I can't say that I understand all these truths that
are contained in this passage, but I can say that I like them pretty good! I just praise
the Lord for revealing Himself and His Father to people like us. I am glad that an old
sinner like myself can come to Jesus by simple faith and can be eternally saved by His
grace. I may not know a lot about this old Book, but I am glad I know the Word of God
personally this afternoon. How about you? If you have never met Jesus in the free pardon
of sin, now is your time. Jesus stands ready to reveal the Father to you. He waits for you
to respond to His light so He can give you of His life. Will you do what you need to do
this evening and come to Jesus?
Sermon By Alan Carr