In this sermon, Pastor Neil looks at the first five verses of Chapter 1 in the Gospel of John, where we learn more about who Jesus is and the four foundational truths about Jesus. Here are some excerpts:

The Gospel of John, Chapter 1, verses 1-5 tell us four foundational truths about Jesus.

The Pre-Existence of Christ

It tells us, first of all, of the eternal pre-existence of Christ. In the beginning, when the whole universe was brought into existence, when God created the heavens and the earth ex nihilo (out of nothing), the Word was already there. He was “with God” from eternity past – from before the beginning of time (which is a concept too big for our minds to comprehend).

Everything in creation had a beginning. There was a time when it was not. But not so with Jesus. There was never a time when the Word was not. There was never a time when Jesus was not. From everlasting to everlasting, He is.

The Deity of Christ

The second thing this passage teaches is the full deity of Christ. In the same way that there was never a time when He was not, there was never a time when He was not God. There was never a time when Jesus was not fully God…

It is not just that He was there in the beginning. It is not just that Jesus was “with God.” John says that “the Word was God.” Literally, what John says is: “And God was the Word” (John 1:1c). Which means, as James Montgomery Boice has written: “And fully divine in all respects was Jesus.” In all respects…

From all eternity, the Word was and is God. From all eternity, God the Son has existed in perfect unity and perfect fellowship with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

The Creative Power of the Word

The third thing this passage teaches about Jesus is His role in the work of creation. “through Him,” says John, “all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made” (1:3).

You see the creative power of God’s word in Genesis 1, where again and again it says: “And God said: ‘Let there be …’ And it was so.”

…In the Gospel, John asserts the creative power of Jesus the Word and His involvement in the work of creation. “Though Him,” John says in verse 3, “all things were made.”

And John is not alone. Here is Paul in Colossians 1:16-17: “For by Him (Jesus) all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible … all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

And here is what it says in the opening verses of the Letter to the Hebrews: “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word” (Hebrews 1:1-3).

Put these verses from John, Colossians, and Hebrews together and the picture that develops shows Jesus to be the perfect and complete expression of God. He is before all things. All things – all things – were created by Him and for Him. He holds all things together, sustains all things, keeps it all together and keeps it all going by the power of His word.

The creative power of God is expressed through the Word – the Logos. And the Word is Jesus.

The Giver of Life and Light

The fourth thing John tells us about Jesus in these verses is that Jesus is the source and giver of life and light. Verse 4: “In Him was life, and that life was the light of humankind.”

…The life He gives, the life found in Him, is more than mere existence. It is more than having a beating heart or a functioning brain. It is life in a loving relationship with God; life in fellowship with God; eternal life with God, the life that is received through faith in Him. To impart this life is the reason Jesus came. It is the reason the eternal Son of God entered human history and took on our flesh and blood: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

The life Jesus lived – and the life He gives to those who believe in Him – is a light to live by. It is a light that shines in the darkness of a world gone bad, where evil abounds, where lies and deception and confusion and fear and greed so often seem to reign.

The light of His life shines in and through the darkness, revealing things as they truly are, and showing the way to true and eternal life.

We need that light. We need the light of Jesus in our lives. In our world. Without it, we are never more than an inch from disaster.

Pastor Neil has much more to say about this topic– foundational truths about Jesus. Please click on the link below to hear this sermon in its entirety.

November 29, 2020

John 1:1-14

Dr. Neil Smith

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