John 1:1-18 – Beginning Again

What would it look like to begin every day conscious of the fact that Jesus is the Word, the Life and the Light of God in our lives?

“Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” – John 20:30-31

The 7 “I am” statements of Jesus from John’s gospel:

  • I am the Light of the World – John 8:12
  • I am the Bread of Life – John 6:48
  • I am the Door – John 10:7-9
  • I am the Good Shepherd – John 10:11, 14
  • I am the Resurrection and the Life – John 11:25
  • I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life – John 14:6
  • I am the True Vine – John 15:1

John 1:1-18

ALL:  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
MEN:  He was in the beginning with God.
WOMEN:  All things came into being by Him; and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
ALL:  In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shone in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it.
MEN:  There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.  He came for a witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through Him.
WOMEN:  He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light.  There was the true light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
ALL:  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
MEN:  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
WOMEN:  Who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
ALL:  And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

“The prologue to John’s Gospel must be one of the richest and most poetically potent treatments of any theme within or outside the Bible’s pages, uncurling tentacles of meaning in all directions.” – Christopher Watkin, Biblical Critical Theory: How the Bible’s Unfolding Story Makes Sense of Modern Life and Culture

  • Jesus is the Word
  • Jesus is the Life
  • Jesus is the Light

“The Christian gospel is rooted in language:  God spoke a creation into being; our Savior was the Word made flesh.” – Eugene Peterson

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’” – John 14:6

“Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.’” – John 8:12

“The emphasis on light in darkness comes from the Christian belief that the world’s hope comes from outside of it… Jesus comes as the Light because we are too spiritually blind to find our own way. Jesus became mortal and died because we are too morally ruined to be pardoned any other way. Jesus gave Himself to us, and so we must give ourselves wholly to Him.” – Tim Keller, Hidden Christmas

“Look up, you whose eyes are fixed on this earth, you who are captivated by the events and changes on the surface of this earth. Look up, you who turned away from heaven to this ground because you had become disillusioned. Look up, you whose eyes are laden with tears, you who mourn the loss of all that the earth has snatched away. Look up, you who cannot lift your eyes because you are so laden with guilt. Look up, your redemption is drawing near.”  – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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