John 1:1-18 NKJV
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all 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 gives light to every man coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
13 who 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 became 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.
15 John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ ”
16 And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
Let us start from the beginning, lets do some quick analysis here;
from the very first verse.
In the beginning was the WORD
the WORD was with GOD
the WORD was GOD
Still talking about the WORD, verses 2 and 3 confirmed that the WORD was GOD. GOD created the heavens and earth (you remember Genesis chapter 1 to 3), John 1:2-3 said "HE was in the beginning with GOD and all things were made through HIM".
Let us quickly analyze verse 14 of this chapter "and the WORD became flesh and dwelt among us". Do you remember the prophecy of prophet Isaiah? in Isaiah 7:14 NKJV "therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son and he shall be called Immanue". Matthew 1:23 NKJV "behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated "GOD WITH US"".
The WORD was GOD
the WORD became flesh and DWELT AMONG US......IMMANUEL = GOD WITH US
God visited man in the Garden of Eden before the fall of man. Adam enjoyed a direct and face to face interactions with God before sin brought the darkness that separated men from His creator. Because of the Great Love that our God has for us, He came (as JESUS, IMMANUEL) to dwell among men for a period of time, during this period, He conquered sin and he showed us the way to life eternal (no wonder verse 4 said "in Him was life").
The message from here is all about the Love of God for mankind. God created us in His Image, sin came into this world to mar the beautiful work of God and to completely separate us from our maker. Yet, our God so love the World, that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus = Immanuel) to die for our sins that we may be reunited to our maker and Whosoever (black, white, caucasian, asians........) believes in Him will not perish, but have Everlasting life.
Verses 11-13 told us of how Jesus He came to His own people and they did not receive Him. But to those who received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
As we learn about the WORD today do not be like those who did not receive HIM. The Bible says those who received him to them He gave the right to become the children of God. Receive the WORD, preach about the WORD and let us win more souls to the kingdom of God.
GOD BLESS YOU.
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