In this Chapter:
1-18: Jesus, the Eternal Word
19-28: The Ministry of John the Baptist
29-34: Jesus, the Lamb of God
This chapter starts off with a bold statement about who Jesus is. John introduces Jesus as “the Word”. It sounds like a weird thing to call someone, but there is a ton of meaning behind it. We use words to communicate with other people, (no brainer, right?) and when we have something that we are super pumped on we try to use the best words possible. “Did you see him just stomp that double?! SO SICK!” “Oh man, that dude just got WRECKED!” The words we use communicate a very specific message; they’re meaningful. John refers to Jesus as “THE Word”.
Our Creator wants to communicate with us. He wants us to know exactly who He is and what He is all about. So in order to do this He sent His Word to us. Jesus, Himself is the message from Our Creator. Jesus is the exact representation of everything that God is (Hebrews 1:3). Everything that Jesus did, everything He said, the things He taught, all show us exactly who God is. By looking at Jesus you are actually seeing God. The Bible says Jesus was “the image of the invisible God.” This dude, Jesus, perfectly and fully shows the world everything that God is. That’s a super heavy idea to consider!
There are a lot of people who doubt that Jesus is who He said He was. Some say He was a super nice guy with pretty excellent morals. Others say He was just a ripping-good teacher. Others say He was a liar and a fraud. John starts off with throwing away any doubt about who Jesus is. John says that Jesus existed in the beginning, before the world began or time started (try to wrap your brain around that), and He was there with God. Not only was He WITH God, He actually WAS God, and He is the Creator of all things. Woah. Jesus is God in skin and bones, and nothing that we see around us would even be here if it wasn’t for Him bringing it into existence. Once again, “Wait…whaaat?! Gnarly!”
How insane is it to think that the Creator of everything left His position and took on the form of the very thing He created so that He could show the created things who their Creator is?!
Jesus not only came to the world to communicate to us who God is, but He also came to deliver another message; the message of eternal life. Okay, so here’s the gist; the bad news and the Good News of Jesus in a nutshell. We all live with this problem; we all SIN all the time. And by sinning I mean doing ANYTHING bad, anything that would go against who God is. Hate on someone for having whack style; sin. Cuss someone out for cutting you off going into a jump; sin. Lie about your less-than-sick cliff drop; sin. All these actions go against who God is and how He created you to live, and because of this rebellion we deserve punishment. The punishment is death and abandonment from Him; it is the price that has to be paid. Not so awesome, but it’s what our actions deserve.
Luckily for us, Jesus claimed to have come to save us from this problem and reunite us with God forever. John 1:29 says that Jesus came to “take away the sin of the world,” and John 1:12 that “whoever believes in Him as their Savior has the right to become a child of God.” It’s a HEAVY message, for sure, but when backed up by the things Jesus did and said, it’s a message that needs to be taken seriously!
The Ante Up:
Remember, the theme we see in this book is that Jesus upped the ante on everyone’s faith. If He came to reveal our Creator to us and re-unite us with Him, that’s a direct challenge to us, as the created things.
Maybe you have never heard this. Maybe you’ve heard it before and think it’s bogus. Maybe you haven’t put much thought into who Jesus is, why it has any bearing on your life, if and why your Creator wants to communicate with you, or what exactly it is that anyone needs to be “saved” from, but this Jesus guy was the most influential human EVER, so the message He spoke shouldn’t be ignored. Keep reading Jesus’ words in this book and see if He ups the ante of what you believe.