I love the Gospel of John. He wanted everyone to know that Jesus is God incarnate. His perspective shapes my theology.
21 There are many thoughts in the heart of a man, but the counsel of the Lord abides forever.
John opens his Gospel with a revelation of who Jesus is: The Word of God. Let’s read it:
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 was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
When I read John 1:1-5, I am in awe of its portent. The stage is set for the wonderful discovery of finding out who this Word is. In fact, John doesn’t take long to reveal the Word to us,
10 He was in the world…
11 He came to his own…
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…
17 …grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18 …the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him [God] known.
I understand that Jesus is the Word of God because I see Him in the opening verses of Genesis. The term for God is, “Elohim,” which is plural. It’s referring to the Trinity.
1 In the beginning, God [the Father] created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God [the Son] said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
God the Father was over creation;
God the Spirit was the fashioner of creation;
God the Son was the speaker of creation.
Jesus is the Voice of God, and has now been given a body. Hebrews 10:5 tells us,
5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body have you prepared for me;
6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”
What do we learn about Christ in this passage?
- Christ came into the world;
- Sacrifices and offerings (temple worship) didn’t fix the relationship between God and mankind;
- Jesus came in bodily form;
- Again, the sacrificial system did not justify mankind (Romans 3:20);
- Jesus came to do God the Father’s will;
- He fulfilled the Scripture because they pointed to Him (John 5:39).
Let’s praise Jesus today for coming to save us!
Abba, I praise You for stepping down from Your throne and removing Your glory to be born in human form. You came to be the Second Adam to represent us in dealing with the consequences of sin, namely death, once for all. Your plan was amazing! Thank You for desiring to do Your Father’s will. I desire to do Yours. Amen.