Observations & Questions
Jesus is called the Word.
- What do we use words for?
- What is John saying by calling Jesus “the Word?”
Jesus is also called the light.
- What is light used for?
- What is similar about the imagery of “Word” and “light?”
1:1 – “In the beginning . . .”
- What Old Testament Scripture is John alluding to?
- What’s the significance?
1:1 – we would expect, “. . . and he was with God, and he was God.”
- But John repeats “the Word.” Why?
1:3 – “all things” seems to be tied to “the heavens and the earth” from Genesis 1:1.
- Read Colossians 1:15-17 to see another passage that speaks of Jesus creating all things
1:4 – “the life was the light of men”
- “of men” seems to be objective; that means it could be translated “for men.”
- This corresponds to 1:9 – “the true light, which gives light to everyone.” The light is for us to see. And what we see is life.
1:5 – since John is interacting with Genesis 1, I wonder if John is interacting with Genesis 1:2-5 here.
- See the themes of light and darkness in 1:5 and Genesis 1:2-5.
- What is John doing with this language of light and darkness?
1:6 – it’s interesting that John is named immediately; compare with “the Word.”
- We still haven’t learned his name . . . not until 1:17! Why do you think John delays naming Jesus?
1:12-13 – Jesus can make people children of God. This doesn’t refer to adoption, but birth; notice how they’re born: “not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
- In Old Testament Scripture, who wasn’t born of the will of flesh, but born of God?
- What is John saying about Jesus?
I look forward to your comments and interaction!