Day 2: John 1
The book or gospel of John is surely one of the most important books of the Bible. Please read chapter 1 through – it is a great read.
While the first three gospels focus more on what Jesus taught and did, John focuses more on who Jesus is. In the first five verses of chapter 1, John states unequivocally who Jesus is. He is God, He is the creator of all things, He is the source of all life and light. Jesus, the Word, existed before creation or even time. These are such outstanding truths that provide the very basis of our Christian faith. What a great start to the book!
In the next verses, John turns his attention to John the Baptist who freely acknowledges that his sole purpose in life is to point people to Jesus, to “bear witness of the Light”. Being in a witness box in court is a serious matter. It commits us to declare the truth and not sit on the fence. Here John has committed himself to be a witness of who Jesus is. How are we doing in our declaration to others of who Jesus is?
More than once, John declares “Look (or behold), the Lamb of God”. John describes Jesus, not as a great teacher or healer or not even as the Son of God, but as the sacrifice for our sins. This would be the greatest act of Jesus’s life on earth – His death and then resurrection. Even before time began and before creation, Jesus knew that His destiny was to go to the cross for our forgiveness and new life. Such a demonstration of sacrificial love!
I love the effect of John’s witness to his disciples (v.35-37) so much so that two, perhaps his closest followers, leave John and start to follow Jesus. One of these was Andrew. The first thing he did was to find his brother Simon and brought him to Jesus and the rest is history! Soon after Philip, who has started to follow Jesus, finds his friend Nathanael and brings him to Jesus too. Both Andrew and Philip knew they had found the long awaited Messiah and could not keep it to themselves. How we need to be like them in our everyday lives.
Some scholars think that the disciple that left John the Baptist with Andrew was John, the writer of this gospel. Whether this is correct or not both they and the other disciples were embarking on an incredible, destiny-fulfilling journey that would shape the future of mankind.
Let us pray that our life’s journey may be fruitful and used to bring many people to Jesus. After all that’s what we are here for.