THE WAY TO THE FATHER part 1 – The Son is Eternal (Jn 1:1-18) – Steve Sudworth
We Know God By Knowing Jesus.
The Greatest Command calls us to “Love the Lord your God…”. But who is He? The Gospel According to John answers that question by telling us about Jesus since, in Jesus’ own words, “If you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father.” Today’s sermon is an introduction to the 14 week series through John’s Gospel.
The Gospel of John was the last Gospel to be written, as such, it’s audience is a church in turmoil whose first generation of believers were beginning to die and a new generation of believers were beginning to rise up. He wrote to a new generation, who were not eyewitnesses, to give further detail and explanation of Jesus as the Son of God. Johns approach is rational and with through philosophical evidence to Christ Divinity. His goal was to answer the questions and objections of Jews & Greeks and bring them into a greater understanding of who Jesus is.
The Gospel of John was written somewhere around 80-95 AD during intense persecution. Christians were being kicked out of synagogues and families leaving them with no community, social contact, or means of work. Many Christians were reverting back to the law in-order to regain standing in the Jewish community. John write evangelistically urging the Church to fall more in love with Jesus.
Text: John 1:1-18 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John (the Baptist). He came as a witness to testify concerning the light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that give light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and through the world was made through him the world did not recognize him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husbands will, but born of God. John bore witness about him, and cried out, “this was he of whom I said “He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me,’ For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grave and truth came through Jesus Christ. No once has ever seen God: the only God, who is at the Father’s side he has made him known.
- Col 1:6
- 1 Chron 11
- John 1-3
John 1:1-18 is the introductory remarks for the narrative that begins in vs. 19, and is perhaps one of the most theologically dense paragraphs in the New Testament. John is setting the stage, reminding the Church who Jesus is. He is God. He is the way to God. He is the Glory of God. John removes himself from the possibility of divinity and reassures the audience that it is only Jesus who shines in the darkness. Jesus, the Son of God, the image of God, reveals the Father to mankind.
Suggested Discussion Questions
- The Church that John was writing to was struggling, why do you think he started the Gospel of John with vs. 1-18?
- The Greek word for “word” used in vs. 1 is logos. Google logos and discuss how it’s root meaning effects the meaning of this verse.
- Why is vs. 8 important? What does it teach us?