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1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
John begins with a contrast of Christ and John the baptizer!
Some incorrectly teach that Christ Jesus is a created being.
Such a concept is nonsense!
The Bible is explicit!
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
“In the beginning” (Heb. B’reshith-בְּרֵאשִׁית) mat also be translated “In or By the Firstfruits!”
Christ Jesus is the Firstfruits!
It was by Him, at the word of the Father that all things were created!
God is the Creator and no the created!
God (Father, Son, or Holy Spirit) is not a created being!
Furthermore, God the Son was there in the beginning of creation with God the Father!
The Bible tells us that every created thing was made by Him, by God the Son, Christ Jesus!
In addition, nothing was made without created without His creating power!
In Christ was and is Life!
That Life in Christ was and remains the “light of men!!
His light shines even in the extreme darkness of sinful rebellion against the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit!
Moreover, darkness cannot “comprehend” (Gr. katalambanō-καταλαμβάνω), or overtake the Light!
Have you ever been in a very dark room?
What happens when the light comes on?
The light immediately dispels the darkness!
The Light does not struggle with darkness!
Light simply shines and darkness has no choice but to be driven out!
John the baptizer was sent by God as a witness to the Light, the Christ!
True witnesses bring the Truth so that those who hear them may believe!
So, it was with John and is with us today!
The goal is that “all” may believe!
Do you believe that the goal shall be attained?
The Light is Christ!
John the baptizer was not the Light!
Instead, he told about the Light!
That is the work of a witness!
Christ’s work, as the True Light, is to bring His Light to all men!
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Christ Jesus was here in the world!
He is the agent of creation for the world!
And yet, the world, society, did not know Him!
Much of the world still does not know Him!
We world as a whole has no positive relationship with the Creator!
Christ Jesus came “unto his own.”
He came to Israel!
His earthly ministry was focused on Israel!
Matt. 15:24 But he answered and said, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
However, they did not accept Him!
Israel would not accept their Messiah!
Some did accept Him, and to them He gave “power to become the sons of God”!
All they had to do was to “believe on his name.”
But, the vast majority would not!
Today, all we are required to do is to believe!
But in “believing” out spiritual focus is on His work on the cross on our behalf!
“Believing” means we place our full and complete trust in Him!
And yet, most refuse!
Those who do believe are reborn!
They are reborn, or “born again!”
They are born again, not due to physical birth blood of human will of the flesh, nor of the human will power!
They are born of God!
They are born by means of the Word, Christ, God the Son Who became flesh and lived among men.
In our rebirth, we are baptized into Christ!
Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Being baptized into Christ, we are also seated with Him in heavenly places!
Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That fact is more than most Christians can comprehend!
Those in that day saw His glory which was the glory of the only begotten of God the Father!
He was and is “full of grace and truth.”
15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?
26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;
36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
42 And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.
51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
John came telling all who would listen that the Christ was
Today, many are crying out that Christ is soon returning!
Many question His return!
John told the crowds that He who was coming after him was before Him and actually existed before him!
The created cannot precede the Creator!
This may be difficult for some to understand, but when we receive Christ we receive His grace!
The law was given by Moses!
However, grace and truth came to us by way of Jesus Christ!
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6)!
None of us has seen God the Father!
But in that day, many saw God the Son!
When the Jewish leadership sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem confront John they asked him, “Who are you?”
John told them bluntly, “I am not the Christ!”
They continued, “So then, who are you? Are you Elijah? Are you the Prophet Moses promised?”
Deut 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
John answered, “No!”
Truth often brings controversy and conflict with the lost, and the Jewish leaders were lost!
But, they continued to confront him!
“If you are not the Prophet Moses Promised, and if not Elijah, exactly who are you?”
He told them, I am one “the voice crying in the wilderness.”
Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our
God. (Is 40:3)
John told them, “Make straight the way of the Lord!”
They rebuked John, “If you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor that Prophet, why do you baptize?”
They obviously thought that the question would put an end to John’s ministry!
John’s response was a classic prophetic statement, “I baptize with water: but one among you, whom you do not know, who it is coming after me is preferred (Gr. ginomai-γίνομαι), existed before me! I am not worthy to untie His sandals!”
These things were done in Bethabara
beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The next day John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.”
This is where I must ask a question that is embarrassing to many Christians!
How can Christ Jesus take away “the sin of the world” without taking away the sin of the world?
“Take away” (Gr. airō-αἴρω) places the work of dealing with sin completely on Christ Jesus!
The fact is that most Christ have no trouble believing that Jesus is the lamb of God, but only a few believe that he takes away the sin
“of the world!”
When Christ returns, He will not be coming back to deal with sin!
Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second ti
me without sin unto salvation.
Anybody who teaches any form of self-salvation is deceived and a deceiver!
John continued. “This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew
him not: but that he should be made manifest to
Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.’”
And, John being a witness, said, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him. And I knew him not:
but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, ‘Upon whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining on
the same is He which baptizes with the Holy Ghost.’ And, I saw and bare record
that this is the Son of God.”
John and two of his disciples saw Jesus as he walked along, and John told them, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
The two disciples then followed Jesus!
As they followed Him, Jesus turned and asked “What are you seeking?”
They asked, “Rabbi, where do you reside?”
Jesus told them, “Come and see.”
So, they went with Him and stayed with Him that day.
That happened at about for it was about “the tenth hour” or 4PM!
The Jews do not recognize midnight in their day clock.
Their day centered on dawn and dusk.
One of the two which heard John and followed Christ, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
He found Peter and told him, “We have found the Messiah!
Andrew then took Peter to meet Jesus!
This may seem at odds with “call” in Matthew 4:19, but it is actually not!
Peter, Andrew, James and John could very easily have met Jesus prior to their call!
When Jesus met Peter, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jona: you shall be called Cephas.”
That name means, a rock, as in a pebble.
It does not indicate a boulder!
The day following Jesus went to Galilee, and found Philip!
He told Philip, “Follow me!”
Philip was from Bethsaida as were Andrew and Peter.
Philip went to Nathanael, and told him, “We have found Him, of whom Moses in the law, and the Prophets wrote, He is Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
Nathaniel did not think too much of the idea!
He said, “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?”
So, Philip said, “Come and see.”
That simple statement is the heart of evangelism!
When Jesus saw Nathanael He said, “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!”
Nathanael’s reaction was predictable!
He asked, “How in the world do you know me?”
Jesus response was not predictable!
Christ told him, “Before that Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you!”
Immediately Nathanael acted in response, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!
Jesus then said, “Because I said I saw thee under the fig tree you believe? You shall see greater things than that. Truthfully I tell you that you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”
Jesus saw things prior to the physical coming to pass! He is God the Son!