Peace Within
Audio
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and LaVerne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
January 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
John 1:1-18
Subject
Peace Within
Description

John 1:1-18New International Version (NIV)

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life,and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcomea] it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God andb] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

Footnotes:

  1. John 1:5 Or understood
  2. John 1:18 Some manuscripts but the only Son, who1

 

Pastor's Summary of John 1:(1-9)10-18

Our reading is the continuation of the book's prologue, or the whole prologue.  The Word, God, Christ, has been born into this imperfect world-a world that per v. 3, "came into being through him"-but most people did not embrace him as who he is.  (To know, to a Semite, involves personal commitment as well as awareness.) He came to Israel, but its people generally rejected him, but some did receive him for who he is; some became committed to him.  (To know someone's name meant more than it does today.)  These received the power to be adopted as sons and daughters of God: they were reborn into God's family, through the Holy Spirit ("of God", v. 13).

"Flesh", humanity, per Isaiah 40:6-8, was seen as weak, imperfect and transitory.  Christ does an amazing thing: he becomes a human being (albeit, being God, a perfect one).  The author is a witness to the divine presence shown in Jesus ("glory", v. 14). John the Baptizer was the first of this gospel's witnesses of the Christ-event, God become human.

From all that is in God ("fullness", v. 16), we have received gift after gift (:grace upon grace").  The Mosaic Law was given by God, and Christ brought the full revelation of God's ways.  Judaism said that God could not be seen (v. 18). (Even Moses, in Exodus 33:30-44, was not permitted to see God's face.)  It is through Christ, who is in complete intimacy with the Father, that we have been given access to the Father.