Those who truly encounter God will never be the same. They will become addicted to His presence and kept by His power, transforming them into His image for all the world to see! (Pastor Ken Williams).
The first thirty-four verses of John’s gospel answers an important theological question: Who is this Jesus? John begins with:
- Jesus is the Word of God.
- Jesus is with God.
- Jesus is God
In terms we can more easily understand – given authority, the crown prince can issue directives in the name and sovereignty of the King. He abides with the king, and he is royalty in himself. Here, we have the expression of the relationship between God the Father and God the Son, the subject of our discussion.
In Scripture, He is called Emmanuel, which is “God with us,” and His name in English is Jesus, which translated means, “salvation of Jehovah.”
- All of creation came into being “through” and “by” Him as God spoke (Gen 1:3-26).
- Jesus is life and the source of all life – that confounds scientists.
- Jesus is the light of men.
Isaiah 9:2 “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”
He is the bright glow on the horizon calling all men home. Home to Father God.
- Jesus was born both 100% God and 100% man. We are told that He divested Himself of His Godly attributes and glory to come into the world become (bring) the light to men. Jesus, our brother in the flesh (John 1:14).
The glory of this is that through Christ we have the privilege of becoming children of God Almighty. It is often said that “we are all God’s children. However, that is NOT true. Only those who accept Jesus into their hearts are children of God and brothers to Jesus.
John 1:12-13 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the children of God, even to them that believe on his name: Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
- Jesus brought “grace and truth” into the world, freeing His followers from the Law of Moses (John 1:17).
- Jesus is the prophet promised by Moses, John 1:21.
Deuteronomy 18:18 “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto you, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” (Mt 13:57; Mt 21:11; Mr 6:4; Lu 24:19; Joh 4:44; Joh 6:14).
Confirming the Divinity of Jesus is Hebrews:
- Hebrews 1:8-10 “But unto the Son he says, Your throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom.”
- Hebrews 1:9 “You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.”
- Hebrews 1:10 “And, you, Lord, in the beginning have laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of your hands.”
Most importantly for us, Jesus is “The lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29, 36). This is 3rd person, present tense. Jesus is “taking away” the sin of all who believe in Him and accept Him into their hearts as both Lord and savior. He alone is the Christ, the anointed, the Savior, our shepherd. With His last breath on Calvary’s cross, Christ gasped and cried out to the Father, “…It is finished: and He bowed His head and died” (John 19:30). More precisely, Jesus said τελέω teleo (teléō), meaning a debt has been “Paid in full.” That is, the sin debt is paid up. All of our debt to God, which we could never pay, was laid upon His precious soul and “paid in full.” Each and every individual who trusts in Him has been forgiven all their transgressions against God – past, present, and future.
O, precious Lord, we bow before You! Maranatha!
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