[SW271] 02/24/2017 message notes by
Pastor Susan J. Wynn ©2017
“Who Is Jesus?”
Jesus has asked me to give you a fresh view of Him, because His image has been distorted through the years since the Book of John was written.
John 1;1-5, 9-18
Verse 14 — I’m starting here so you know the identity of the Word in the previous verses.
Verse 1 — Before anything was (timeless eternity in view), Jesus Christ existed. He was with God, not separated from God by time or distance. He was in the same location as God. And Jesus Christ was God.
Verse 2 — John emphasizes, He was in beginning, before anything was, and He was with God. He existed before anything, and was not created, just as God was not created.
Verse 3 — All things came into being through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:2). Apart from Him, nothing has been created. All that you see was created by Him.
Verse 4 — In Him was life — zoe — not existence as you have known it from the time you were in your mother’s womb, up until the point where you know Him. This zoe is “life as God has it.” It is very different from existence. It is eternal, and because it is in Him, He is a Light, and His light emanates from Him.
Verse 5 — The Light who is Christ shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. His Light is too great for the darkness of this world. It is seen! We have the choice of running from it, or coming into it. But it is seen! A never-before seen Light (see Isaiah 9:2).
Verse 10 — Jesus Christ was in the world, and the world was made through Him, but just as it is today, the world did not know Him. They chose not to experience Him, the knower knowing the One known — the Greek ginosko.
Verse 11 — He came to His own things, His own possessions and His own domain of which He was Creator. And not only did the world not receive Him (that is, acknowledge Him as God and take Him into themselves), but even many of the Jews did not receive Him, but rather, rejected Him.
Verse 12 — BUT, those who received (grabbed hold of, as Paul in Philippians 3:12) Jesus Christ were given a gift — the right to become children of God, if they believe in His name — that is, if they believe He is who He says He is. Thus, we are not children of God until we believe in His name.
Verse 13 — These were not born naturally, of flesh and blood, not born of flesh, not born of the will of a human, but born of God.
Verse 14 — And Jesus Christ became flesh (took on human flesh, born of a virgin, fulfilling prophecy per Isaiah 7: 14) and dwelt (tabernacled) among us. That words means it was for a limited time. And John and the rest of His disciples saw His glory. Peter, James and John saw it on the Mount of Transfiguration. But they also saw it in all that He did, because the things He did were things no one but God could do. And they saw Him ascend into heaven (Acts 1:9-11), to be glorified there, and seated once again at the right hand of God.
Jesus Christ is the only begotten (Greek monogenes) from the Father. That word means a relationship without origin, one that has eternally been a relationship. He did not BECOME the only begotten, but IS and always WAS the only begotten.
NOTE: Here we see that there is God the Father and God the Son, the Only Begotten.
And Jesus Christ is filled with grace (charis, the divine influence on the heart, reflected in the life). He was the only One on earth filled with it, when He came. And He is filled with truth, that is the reality upon which everything else came to be, and God’s truth, which He spoke throughout His ministry.
Verse 15 — And John the Baptist testified about Him — This is Him. He is the One who replaces me, because He has a higher rank than me, because existed before me (though John the Baptist was conceived in Elizabeth before Jesus was conceived in Mary). He was speaking of Christ’s eternal existence. In comparison, John said he is only a prophet sent to announce His coming.
Verse 16 — For of His fullness we who write this to you, of this fullness we have received (the word “all” is not in the original Greek). We received His fullness (filled with His Spirit at Pentecost), and charis piled upon charis — the divine influence on the heart, reflected in the life.
Verse 17 — Moses gave the Law as a tutor to lead us to Christ (Galatians 3:24).
But Jesus Christ made it possible for us to have charis and His Spirit of truth in us, teaching us all truth (John 16:13).
Verse 18 — Jesus Christ, the “monogenes God” is in an intimate relationship with the Father — in His very bosom. And He has explained the Father (as we will see as we look at the Book of John).
Do you see Him? Are you now seeing Him? Oh, look! Look! Look up into His face and be saved and healed and set free!
Why do I teach these things? To answer, I must repeat what He has asked me to say.
It is because His image has been distorted. By whom? By much of the church —
# 1 — They have taken the fuse out of the bombshell of the gospel message that sends people running to Him for mercy. What is the fuse? Sin, and the consequences of it. There is no need for a Savior in the so-called gospel that is often preached today.
# 2 — They have hidden His Godhood and re-created Him so He looks just like us (idolatry), with our fears and frailties. There is no mention of the need for our hearts to be changed, and no mention of His power to change them.
#3 — They have eliminated His “hard words” in order to make Him more user-friendly.
#4 — They have added flavor enhancers because they believe He doesn’t taste good enough without some tweaking (see 1Peter 2:3)!
And so I will continue for a while in the Book of John — I am not sure how long, but He will show me when it is time to move on to other scriptures — so you might see Jesus Christ and find out who He really is. It is of life-and-death importance that you do, and my only desire is to bring many into His kingdom so that God is exalted and praised and glorified.