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12/24 – The Word Made Flesh (John 1:1-18)

 

Introduction — Here John gives a soaring, poetic prologue to his gospel.  In these remarkable words, John points us to the Word. Taking us back to the creation, John reminds us that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. There is no room for doubt here. The Word is God. He created all things. Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it. The Word is the true light, who gives light to everyone. He came into the world He created. In fact, the Word became flesh. He dwelt among us. Though He created the world, the world did not recognize Him. The Word came to His own people, yet they did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name. They are born of God. They behold His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. They receive grace upon grace from His fullness. To know Jesus is to know God. Jesus Messiah reveals God. Jesus is the One and Only Son of God. Jesus is God. Jesus is the Word made flesh. That John beheld the glory of Christ moved him to live fully for Christ. How about us? Do we live fully for Christ? Do we speak grandly of Christ? Do we encourage others to receive Christ by faith through God’s grace? Do we see His glory? Do we seek to live for His glory? Do we make much of Him? Do we testify to His glory? Do we marvel at the Word made flesh? Do we tell others about the Word made flesh?

 

Jesus is the true light of the world. He shines. The Word made flesh shines the glory of God. Indeed, the Word made flesh is the glory of God. To know Jesus is to know God. Jesus is the first and last and best Word we need to know. Do you know Him?

 

HE WAS WITH GOD AND HE WAS GOD. (1-9)

3 All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. Life was in Him,
and that life was the light of men.
That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.

 

Comment: Here John tells that the Word was with God and the Word was God. From the beginning, the Word was God. There was never a time that He was not God. By leading with the in the beginning theme, it is beautifully logical that John would connect the creative power of the Word with the creation of all things. John plainly states: all things were created through Him. And to reinforce this initial statement, John next offers a parallel phrase: and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. And in yet another connective detail about the Word, John states: life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it. That the Word was with God and that the Word was God is clear. That the Word created all things is also clear.  Life is in the Word. That life is the light of men. And that light shines. There is power and light in the Word made flesh. He shines in and through all creation. Question: Do you see Him shining? Do you believe the Word made flesh? Do you marvel at His majesty? Do you praise Him? Do you know Him?

Application: Since the Word made flesh is the creator of all things, then He knows and sustains every molecule, every star, every planet, and every person. Since He knows every person, that means He knows you. And you can trust Him with your life. He is mighty and awesome, and you can trust Him. So, trust Him. Trust Him with the “big” stuff and the “little” stuff. Trust Him when you awake, and trust Him when you sleep. By the grace of God through faith, entrust yourself to the Word made flesh.

 

HE WAS IN THE WORLD. (10-18)

 

11He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. 12 But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.

 

Comment: Even before he gets to the memorable word became flesh and dwelt among us portion of his prologue, John declares that the Word, the true light was coming into the world. He was in the world . . . John affirms that the Word was in the world. The Word made flesh took up residence with people. The Word who shines in and through creation came to His own home, but His own people did not receive Him. They did not see His glory. They did not receive Him as Messiah. They would not believe in Him. They would not trust Him. BUT . . . to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name. Those who received Him (and those who receive Him now), have a new standing with God. The Word made flesh gave them the right—the liberty and authority—to become children of God. Those who believe in—have faith in and entrust themselves to—His name are born of God. They now know Him. He is present with them. He gives them new life. They are beloved children of God. They behold glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 

Question: Do you long to behold this glory? Do you see the glory of God in the One and Only Son? Do you believe in His name?

Do you put your full trust in Him? Do you keep looking to Him? Do you marvel at His glory? Do you delight that He dwelt among us? Does His being in the world make any difference to you? Do you open your heart wide to receive Him? Do know Him?

Application: Since the Word made flesh dwelt among us, we have hope. He is the true light who gives light to everyone.  Though most do not recognize Him and most reject Him, the Word made flesh gives all those who believe in His name the right to be children of God. If you do not know Him today, then please open your heart to receive Him. Give Him your complete trust. If you do know Him, then keep trusting Him. Marvel at the gift of life through Him. Keep looking to Him. Keep seeing His glory. Keep resting in your relationship with Him. See the wonder of the Word made flesh. See the beauty of who He is. Delight in Him. Praise Him. Thank Him for new life in Him. Live for His glory. Seek to tell others His story. Declare how the Word made flesh is the true light. He was with God. He is God. He is God among us. He is Jesus, the promised Messiah. To all who receive Him, He gives them the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.

Word Study for John 1:1-18

1 Word (logos—statement; speech; gospel; treatise; account; message; word)[1]

1 God (theos—God; god)

3 all (pas—all; every; total; whole; every kind of; the universe)

4 light (phos—light; torch; luminary; morning star; firelight; daylight; bonfire)

5 shines (phaino—appear; bring light; become visible; make known; appear to be; become evident)

5 darkness (skotia—darkness; gloom; evil world)

5 comprehend (katalambano—seize upon; overtake; attack; overpower; understand; grasp; learn about)

7 witness (martyria—testimony; evidence; demonstration; reputation)

7 believe (pisteuo—trust; put faith in; entrust; think to be true)

9 true (alethinos—real; genuine; authentic; truthful; sincere)

11 receive (paralambano—bring along with; take aside; learn from someone; welcome; receive)

11 received (lambano—take hold of; acquire; collect; select; come to believe)

11 right (exousia—authority to rule; jurisdiction; power; domain; liberty; right)

11 become (ginomai—come to exist; be; happen; be born; move; belong to)

14 dwelt (skenoo—live; settle; take up residence; pitch a tent; tabernacle)

14 saw (theaomai—see; look on; gaze at; look at; visit; behold)

14 only begotten (monogenes—unique; one and only; one of a kind)

16 fullness (pleroma—full measure; completeness; that which fills; filling up)

17 grace (charis—kindness; gift; thanks; good will; favor; free benevolence)

18 explained (exegeomai—tell fully; make fully known; narrate; interpret; lead; relate; reveal in detail)

 

Application for John 1:1-18

Let’s see the wonder of the Word.

Let’s see the power of the Word.

Let’s see the life in the Word.

Let’s see the light of the Word.

Let’s see the testimony to the Word.

Let’s see the birthright of those who receive the Word.

Let’s see the glory of the Word.

 

Gospel Connections for John 1:1-18

Jesus is the eternal Word. He was with God in the beginning. He is God. He created all things. Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it. Christ was in the world, and though He created the world, the world did not recognize Him.  The Word became flesh. Jesus dwelt among us. Jesus came to His own people, yet they did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, Jesus gave them the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. The apostles saw His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. Indeed, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but Jesus has revealed Him.

 

Thoughts and Quotes for John 1:1-18

There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice. ~ John Calvin

 

Even on the cross He did not hide Himself from sight; rather, He made all creation witness to the presence of its Maker.

~ Athanasius of Alexandria

 

May you live every day of your life. ~ Jonathan Swift

 

When the glory of God is the treasure of our lives, we will not lay up treasures on earth, but spend them for the spread of his glory. We will not covet, but overflow with liberality. We will not crave the praise of men, but forget ourselves in praising God. We will not be mastered by sinful, sensual pleasures, but sever their root by the power of a superior promise. We will not will nurse a wounded ego or cherish a grudge or nurture a vengeful spirit, but will hand over our cause to God and bless those who hate us. Every sin flows from the failure to treasure the glory of God above all things. ~ John Piper, Preaching the Cross

Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.” ~ John Greenleaf Whittier

 

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. ~ John Green, The Fault in our Stars

 

Illustrations for John 1:1-18

You could make a Christmas card out of diamonds or valuable gems—if you had a lot of diamonds or gems to spare, that is—but for now the most expensive one ever sold at auction is a greeting card created and illustrated by John Calcott Horsley in the 1840s. This English gentleman happens to be one of the inventors of the Christmas card, hence the hefty price for his colorful piece of paper, which came in at about $28,000. Just imagine all the eggnog that kind of money could buy. ~ Carl Pettit

 

http://allchristmas.fm/christmas-records/

 

World’s most expensive Christmas cards

A luxury card company are producing bespoke Christmas cards which take over a month to create, are decorated with rubies and cost up to £6,400 ($10,000).

Card company Gilded Age Greetings, based in Florida and New Jersey, USA pride themselves on their luxury cards, which are handmade with designs painted on calfskin vellum- a type of medieval parchment.

The one of a kind Christmas cards range from $395 to a staggering $10,000 and each card can take up to a month to hand decorate using luxury materials including semi- precious stones.

A spokesperson from Gilded Age Greetings said: “Our most expensive cards have been custom commissions, which are original works of art and one of a kinds.

We use gemstone accents and real gold leaf or platinum gilding. They are all made one by one.

“We have orders from all over the world- which is amazing.

“Our most expensive card to date was was over $10,000 and featured a custom leather bound box and a ruby. It was just fabulous.”

https://www.catersnews.com/stories/quirky/worlds-most-expensive-christmas-cards/

 

 

 

 






[1] Word studies from various sources on Logos Software, including, but not limited to Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains by James A. Swanson