The Word: Christ Jesus John 1:1-5

Text:  In the beginning was the Word (capital W), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1.

          Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus; 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…”
                                                                                                              Philippians 2:5-7.

Good morning, serious Christian!  Your faith and trust in Christ Jesus, the Son of God, is the most serious aspect of your being.  Therefore, you seek to examine, in a most serious manner, the beliefs you both hold and proclaim - that others might also receive faith from your ministry, and precious souls might find Salvation in Christ and through His Atonement Sacrifice at Calvarys Cross.  Praise God for serious-minded Christians!

For whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without a preacher?  (Romans 10:13-14)

The Apostle John was also a serious Christian - an eye-witness of the risen Lord - one inspired by the Spirit of God within to record for our benefit an account of the Gospel message of Salvation.               (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

John was the son of Zebedee (Matthew 4:21) and Salome (Matthew 27:56).  Salome seems to have been the sister of Jesus mother (John 19:25).  If this was so, then John was the cousin of Jesus, which may partially account for his being Christs most intimate apostle.

John was a fisherman in Galilee.  He had hired servants (Mark 1:16-20) and apparently owned a home in Jerusalem (John 19:27); therefore he was a man of some social standing and wealth.  This explains why, in John 18:15-17, John is admitted into the high priests palace while Peter is denied entrance.

Along with Peter and James, John became a member of the special inner circle of Jesus most beloved and most trusted disciples during the last half of our Lords ministry.  These three alone accompanied Christ on some of His most important occasions:

1.  The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8);

2. Gethsemane (Mark 14:32-41).

3. Only John followed Christ to the Cross (John 19:26).”  (Salem Kirban Reference Bible p.1315.)

Johns Gospel account is believed to have been written by John, possibly at Ephesus, between 85-90A.D.  It was written as a general record to Christians everywhere and seeks to set forth clearly the fact that Christ is indeed the Son of God and the only Saviour of sinners souls.  (Acts 4:12)

Todays selected reading sets forth the vital fact of Christs Eternal Son-ship; that Jesus Christ is, was, and always shall be, God incarnate; the Supernatural Creator God formed in a natural Body of flesh and bones - in order to be Sacrificed for sinful mankind upon a cruel Cross to bring us into Gods light from the darkness of our sin, guilt, and shame.

Wherefore when He (Christ Jesus) cometh into the world, He saith, Sacrifice and offering (of bulls and goats) Thou wouldest not, but a Body hast Thou (God the Father) prepared for Me (God the Son, Christ Jesus)I come to do Thy will, O God…”  (Hebrews 10:5-10)

Him (Christ Jesus, the Word made flesh) being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have Crucified and slain; Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death; because it was not possible that He should be holden of it.  Hallelujah!  What a Saviour!  Up from the grave He arose!   (Acts 2:22-24)

How could mere death ever have power over the sinless Son of God; God the Son; Who was, is, and ever shall be Life and Light incarnate?  The apostle John sets forth this Scriptural truth at the very commencement of his Gospel (Good news) account.  How appropriate, since Christ Jesus, the Word of God, is the Creator Lord of all life, ‘…all things…’ have been made by Him, ’…and without Him was not anything made that was made. (V. 3)

And He (the risen Christ Jesus) was clothed with a vesture dipped in Blood; and His Name is called The Word of God.  (Revelation 19:13)

Let us take a journey in Johns Gospel, examine afresh Johns Spirit-inspired truths, and know the full assurance of our souls Salvation in Christ and in Him alone.  May the Lord bless us as we study His written Word.  Amen.

Thought:  Eternal Salvation begins and ends with The Word of God.

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