John 1:The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 (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.'")
16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
The Testimony of John the Baptist
19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"
20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ."
21 And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" And he answered, "No."
22 So they said to him, "Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
23 He said, "I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,' as the prophet Isaiah said."
24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.)
25 They asked him, "Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?"
26 John answered them, "I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know,
27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie."
28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
Behold, the Lamb of God
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
30 This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.'
31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel."
32 And John bore witness: "I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.
33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God."
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples,
36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God!"
37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, "What are you seeking?" And they said to him, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?"
39 He said to them, "Come and you will see." So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which means Christ).
42 He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "So you are Simon the son of John? You shall be called Cephas" (which means Peter).
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, "Follow me."
44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."
46 Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!"
48 Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you."
49 Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"
50 Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,' do you believe? You will see greater things than these."
51 And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."
Things to think about…
- John 1:1 starts with "In the beginning". Like Genesis, John starts with the fact of "God". Here though "God" is described as "the Word". Jesus is the Word, the One who is life and gives life. This word is able to be known. This God is not distant, but near us and able to be known. This is John's message.
- In Jn 1:6 the Apostle John introduces John the Baptist by saying "There was a man sent from God, whose name was John". Jesus would later say John was the Elijah to come, Mt 11:13, 14, the one who was foretold by Isaiah to make the paths straight. John himself however say he is not Elijah, Jn 1:21. But this John meant he was not reincarnated Elijah. Jesus meant that he comes as Elijah did and fulfils Isa 40:3, Mal 4:5. John brought the message of repentance, Jesus brings salvation. One can't happen without the other. We know someone is saved because they have repented and know that they are saved from their sin.
- Jn 1:13 is key to understanding our salvation. It is all of God and has no earthly or fleshly origin. If it did, it would be corrupted. This should keep us all in a place of humility.
- In Jn 1:14 it says Jesus came full of "grace and truth". If we follow Jesus others should make the same assessment of us – he/she is known by his/her grace and always speaks the truth. As we hear later from Jesus, "the truth will set you free", Jn 8:32. But truth, if it is Christ centred must be accompanied by grace.
- It is interesting that John the Baptist testifies he did not know Him even though Jesus was his cousin, Jn 1:33 and that that he now accepted him as "the Son of God", vs 34. He of course knew his cousin, but didn't realise He was the Son of God. Yet we know that when John was in prison that he had doubts. Sometimes our physical surrounds impact our minds and hearts. Praise God when we are faithless our God still remains faithful, 2Tim 2:13.
- Jesus calls His disciples in Jn 1:35-51. These are all in the north – the Galilee. Hence they were called Galileans just like Jesus. These areas have been quite well preserved in Israel and the sites where they lived and worked are easily accessible to anyone who travels to the Holy land.
- Nathaniel is the first disciple after John the Baptist to confess Jesus as "the Son of God". This was based on the fact that he saw him sitting under a fig tree through a vision given to Jesus. May we all have a simple faith and trust in Christ and not overcomplicate our belief in the Saviour.
CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.
Sunday morning's message on "Who's watching over me" from Ezek 3.
1.Ezekiel 3:16-27 speaks about Ezekiel being a watchman, yet the children of Israel are not wanting to listen. Discuss the passage and what it means with respect to the people Ezekiel is called to speak to and the situation in Babylon.
2.Has somebody told you a tough truth? Did you listen to it or ignore it?
3.The passage shows that we are all accountable before God. We cannot change God's message. Unfortunately today, some within Christianity want to soften the message down and not talk about sin, hell or judgement. Explain in your own words what the gospel is.
4.Pray for your pastor and all who hear Sunday's messages that they would have 'ears to hear' and that we would see many coming to Christ in our day?
1.More Sunday school teachers
2.CBC's ministries for this term
3.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
4.Next Sunday's messages. John 6"That's not the God I serve" in the morning, "A call to prayer"– Axiom 6pm.
5.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop.
6.Recharge – Pray for someone to take over Recharge.
7.Church finances – Pray all expenses are met and that we can again support Digital Harvest and One for Israel.
8.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1.Men's brekky last Saturday
2.New ministries being considered – Outreach opportunities and Church services
3.Unity, love and peace
1.Hawkins group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.
2.Members Meeting – 18th August.
3.Playpatch – Back this week. Carly Backwell leads this ministry.
4.Recharge– back this week. Pete Alback leads high schoolers from 7-9pm Friday nights at church.
5.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children.
6.Members Meeting – 18th August after morning service.
7.Mapleton Women's retreat – Fri August 23rd- Sun Aug 25th. Cost $175. More details here https://www.anewconference.org.au/conferences/mapleton
This month's catechism question...
Q. 3. What has Christ given us to teach us how to pray?
A. The Lord's Prayer.
Bible Reference – Matt.6:5-15; Luke11:1-13.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3