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:
- 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?
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).