Hello again everyone. I pray your last week was good. And I pray this week will be blessed as well.
This second article will be the introduction to the Gospel of John. Lord willing, I hope to teach through this Gospel with you. For me, this Gospel is most encouraging because it is from the point of view of someone who had a close, loving relationship with Jesus. There are four Gospels about Jesus’ life and ministry. They are Matthew, Mark, and John who are Apostles of Jesus Christ. The fourth Gospel is written by Dr. Luke a physician and disciple of the Apostle Paul. I have chosen the Gospel of John because of his unique relationship with Jesus. They clearly loved each other. John was the disciple who laid his head upon the bosom of Jesus at the “Last Supper”, “There was reclining on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23 NASB). In addition, the phrase “… the other disciple whom Jesus loved” is found in John 20:12.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God” (John 1:1 NASB).
The opening verse for the Gospel of John started with Jesus or at that time known as “The Word” being with God and was God before Creation. Later in history “The Word” becomes incarnate as Jesus Christ the Son of God. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The other three Gospels start with Jesus’ birth as described in this verse. However, John goes all the way back to before creation describing Him as “with God” and “was God.” He wants us to understand the deity of Jesus Christ. Jesus was God in human form with one purpose, and that was to die for our sins and be resurrected so that we might be forgiven and live forever in eternity with Him.
Here is another verse that describes the event of becoming human to give His life for us.
“Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:6-8 NASB). The word “grasped” means He did not hold on to His position, which He had a right to do, but let go of it to become a man in order to die for us. These verses describe God’s love for us. The sacrifice God was willing to accomplish for us that we might live.
The Apostle John wants us to know the love God has for us starting before creation. His love for us is eternal with no beginning or end. It is indeed true love fully demonstrated in creation, incarnation, upon the cross, and the resurrection. God loves us eternally, and there is nothing He will not do to accomplish His love for us. May He give you good health this week and answer your prayers in such a way you know they are from our loving God.