Biblical students usually refer to the first eighteen verses of John as the Prologue. These verses serve as an introduction to the whole gospel. John did not begin with the birth account as does Matthew and Luke or the preaching of John the Baptist as does Mark, he began with Jesus’ pre-existence with God, the Father. In these first eighteen verses, John got right to the point about the true identification of Jesus—which is the heart of the Christmas story.
The Reality of His Coming
The word “incarnation” is a theological term that means that God became man and entered human history. The importance of the incarnation is crucial to orthodox Christianity. The incarnation says to us that Jesus is both wholly God and wholly human. Where do we get such a view? We get it right here in John 1. To John, it is even more important than the birth narrative.
The Progression of Thought in this Passage
1. 1:14—The Word became flesh. This is an obvious reference to Jesus.
2. 1:1—The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
So, Jesus is God!
The Supporting Facts in this Passage
1. The eternal nature of Jesus (1:2)
2. Jesus doing things we know God did (1:3)
The Reason for His Coming
• He came to give life.
He gives us our very breath of life. Linking Jesus to creation causes us to remember that Jesus is the reason for our life. According to John 10:10, He also came to give us abundant life here on earth. Ultimately, He gives us eternal life. (John 3:16)
• He came to give light.
The Reaction to His Coming
Some will believe; some will not. The impact of John 1:10-13 is that in Christ, God did all that is necessary for our salvation. He was in the world. He came to His own, but not all believed. It was the reaction to His coming then, and sadly it is the reaction to His coming now.
So, will you allow Him to do in your life what He came to do?
Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com.