The Word Became Flesh

The Gospel of John has a different focus than the other three Gospels. “The first three Gospels focus more on what Jesus taught and did; John focused more on who Jesus is” (David Guzik).

Remember, John knew Jesus better than all the other disciples. They were so close that Jesus left John in charge of his mother Mary after his death. This gave John a more intimate and unique understanding of who Christ is. 

John is so rich in truth and theology that we should all venture to study it in depth often. 

In John 1:1-18, we learn about the Trinity and gain a better understanding of the fact that Jesus was both fully man and fully God. He was there in the beginning. He created the earth, our universe, and man. He also was God incarnate who humbled himself and left his throne in heaven to atone for our sins on the cross. 

There are some who profess to be Christian yet do not believe that Jesus was fully God and fully man. Some also do not believe in the Trinity with certainty. Yet John 1:1-18 lays it all out for us. 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made…He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.”

John 1:1-3, 10

This means Jesus, God incarnate, the Word, was with God in the beginning, and he was God. Creation was made through him. Yes, Jesus was a man, but there is no denying his role in the Trinity and that he is also God. If we do deny this truth that is so clearly communicated in Scripture then we do not understand the Gospel. If Jesus was purely a man, then how could he be blameless, and what could possibly make him an adequate sacrifice for the atonement of our sins? He couldn’t and he wouldn’t. 

Know God’s Word

Sister, I encourage you to meditate on the truth of the Gospel. Let its words be inscribed upon your heart and mind so that you are not led astray. First and foremost, in everything you do, read God’s word. This will provide you with sound doctrine and knowledge of the truth. As you read God’s word you will better understand God’s story from beginning to end and see how Jesus is weaved through it all. 

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

John 1:12-13

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