Day 131 – Who Was Jesus?

I tell you, that first chapter of the Gospel of John sure packs it in! And here’s what I discovered – something I’d not taken the time to notice – John pretty much covers the waterfront when he describes Jesus.

John uses each of these names (at least in the ESV translation) for Jesus in just the first 34 verses:

  • Word
  • God
  • Life
  • Light of men
  • True light
  • Son of the Father
  • Jesus Christ
  • The Only God
  • Lamb of God
  • Son of God

John also describes what Jesus did:

  • Created all things
  • Shines light in darkness (and the light cannot be overcome by the dark)
  • Enlightens everyone
  • Came into the world (which though He made it, did not know Him)
  • Came to His own people (who did not receive Him)
  • Gave some people the right to become children of God (those who recieved Him, believed in His name, and were born into God’s family by God’s will, not by their flesh and blood or even of their own will)
  • Became flesh
  • Dwelt among us
  • Revealed His glory which is full of grace and truth
  • Came after John the Baptist, was greater than John because He was “before” John
  • From His fullness gives us grace upon grace
  • Brought grace and truth (the law alone was given through Moses)
  • Made the Father known (the Father has never been seen)
  • Is so great that John the Baptist was not worthy to untie His sandal
  • Takes away the sin of the word (as the Lamb of God)
  • Was revealed to Israel through John’s baptism (when the Spirit descended on Him and remained)
  • Bapitizes with the Holy Spirit

Pretty comprehensive, eh?

What more can I say?

Nothing.

Today’s Readings: 1 Samuel 22:1-23:29, Psalm 59:6-17, Proverbs 16:1-2, John 1:1-34. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).

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2 thoughts on “Day 131 – Who Was Jesus?

  1. I think 7 I am statements in J. also. Luv all the pics, esp one of Jesus at the door, Nicky gumble uses that one too. 🙂

  2. Yep. Johns prologue sure packs a whallop. Then the rest of his Gospel fleshes it all out. Something that has always stuck with me from my seminar days is translating the prologue from the Greek. That imagery of the final bit is that of a child sitting on his father’s lap. Very personal and intimate. I’ve experienced that as a father holding my sons on my lap and i’ve used that example when teaching kids about the sort of relationship we are to have with our Father. Tell you what… kids understood.

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