The Word,The Life,The Light
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."(John 1:1-14)
Oh such precious verses and so much truth captured in such a small amount of words.Let these words rise up,The Word,The Life,The Light.They are the subject matter of this book of John as John presents to us The Son.
It doesn't take but reading a few lines in this book of John to recognize that it is very unique.Four designations of our Lord stand out in these few verses.The Word,Life,Light and of course the Word was made flesh,The Son,the only begotten of the Father.
In Matthew we can see at once that Jesus is King
In Mark it is ceaseless activity,God's Servant at work and crowning it by the perfect sacrifice for sin
In Luke it's "Behold The Man,"the perfect man
Three presentations of our Lord and they are full of beauty.
But on this side of Calvary and looking back through "Born of the Spirit"eyes something is lacking.Where is the "SON?"The Eternal Son of God,the one we have died with and risen with in newness of life.The one we know now,not in the weakness of the flesh,but in the unlimited dimensions of His Resurrection and the new creation.
The One "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."
The One by whom all things were created and by whom all things consist.The one who has reconciled us to Himself.The highly exalted One that we can know and fellowship with.We are identified with Him as sons of God ourselves,indwelt of His Spirit,and being His purchased possession,longing for Him to come back and receive us unto Himself.We want a portrait of that "ONE,"the Son of God and John gives us that pen-portrait.
John presents us with the portrait of Jesus as the Son of God.No lineage to David or Abraham or Adam but connected with eternity,the Creator.God in the Flesh.The other three gospels (Matthew,Mark and Luke)emphasize the human aspect but John unveils the Divine.The first three seem to be a presentation of Jesus and the fourth interprets Him.
You can't get through the first 14 verses of chapter 1 before realizing that this book is different.At once we are presented with the four designations of our Lord,The Word,The Life,The Light and The Son.
Then John goes on to express these 4 designations of our Lord through the rest of the book.We can readily see if we proceed through the book that these designations stand out as the subject matter of the book.
We see these expressed in His actions and statements and discourses all through the book.We see them in the miracles He performs and the bold statements He makes.Such a precious book.
Yes Our Lord,Our Savior,The Word,The Life,The Light and The Son Our God,Blessed be His Name.Oh to look upon His face.What in all eternity could ever efface that very first glimpse of His face.Come Lord Jesus.Perhaps Today.