Out of the four gospels, the Gospel of John is perhaps the one that puts the most stress on the divine nature of Jesus, reminding us from the first moment that Jesus is not merely an amazing person from history, but fully God, from the beginning and into eternity.
If we are to be saved it is not enough that we consider Jesus a ‘good person’, or even a miracle worker. We must know and believe that he is the Christ, the son of the living God, the way, the truth and the life.
Let’s take a look at what we learn about Jesus in this chapter. Firstly, we learn that he existed at the beginning of all things, was with God and was himself fully God. We know ‘the Word’ means Jesus because we later read that the Word became flesh and lived among us. Jesus is the living expression of God’s grace, faithfulness, love and mercy towards us.
In Jesus is life, and that life is light to all. He is the true light that gives light to everyone, giving all those who believe the right to become children of God. He is glorious, full of grace and truth.
He is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. He is the one Moses and the prophets wrote about. He is the Son of God.
John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for Jesus; to point everyone in the direction of the one he described as “God’s chosen one”. As we read through John’s gospel over the coming weeks, may our hearts be prepared to receive Jesus, to know him and to serve him as John did.