Last week we considered how John starts his gospel by drawing us in to look at how big God is.
In the first five verses we see evidence that suggests God is:
- Infinite – He has always existed and will always exist. Never gets older because He is outside of time.
- Three-in-One – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit existing as three persons that make up one God.
- God is self-sufficient – He doesn’t need anyone or anything to exist. He is all that He needs.
- The creator of all things. Creating everything in known existence with the authority of His words.
- The light of the world who dispels darkness and invites us into the light.
As we continue in the chapter, we see that it is this all-powerful God, who has always been and always will be, that has come into the world as a man. Not only has He come, but His presence is noticed by those He encounters. In the second half of this chapter, we see 7 titles that are attributed to Jesus: Lamb of God, Son of God, Rabbi (teacher), Messiah (Christ), The son of Man (Comes from Daniel’s prophetic dream in Babylon), King of Israel, and Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus has yet to perform miracles or even start teaching, but His ministry is about to begin and those He encounters can’t help but make bold claims about His identity. These are people who were looking for the master. Waiting for Him to come and on some level, ready to follow. It's incredible to think about the power and authority of God. That even when He lowered Himself to the point of becoming a man, being in His weakest form and lowest level of self, still carry’s enough authority to be noticed as “king of Israel” after a 5-second conversation. Jesus was the embodiment of the full deity of God and because of that, He was noticed and He was followed.
When I think of man in his lowest form, I think of significant evils that are being done. But God, in His lowest form, is still a far superior being than any other - to the point where it is readily identifiable! As we come to these verses on Wednesday and we consider where John the Baptist says “The strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie,” we need to recognize the significance of Jesus. Fully God, fully man. The author and creator of life, sustainer of the universe in the form of a man. We need to make sure that when we think about Jesus, we see Him as King, ruler of all. Anything less is belittling and putting God into a box where he is no longer God at all. We don’t get to decide who He is, He decides who we are, if we are, and where. Jesus is the king of kings, Lord of Lords, the all-powerful God! And John wants his readers to note that, even in His lowest form, He is still worthy!
Questions for you to ask your students:
- How can Jesus be fully-human and fully-God?
- Do you think it is significant that in His lowest form, He is still far superior to mankind?
- What are some ways we have belittled the person of Jesus?