SKIN           John 1:1-18

 

What if God was one of us? What if you could meet and walk and talk with God? The transcendent, all powerful, all knowing God… This is the amazing scene that unfolds for us in the opening verses of John’s Gospel. Written approx. 80-90 ad approx. 50yrs after he had witnessed Jesus earthly ministry. John was the last living Apostle and oversaw a number of churches in Asia Minor before being exiled to Patmos where he wrote Revelation. He was aware of the other 3 synoptic Gospels and so this Gospel was written to complement and supplement those accounts. The Gospel of John is the last of the Gospels and written for a distinct purpose Jn 20:30-31…. these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

JN 1:1 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.

So we see in the beginning was ‘the word’ and the word was with God and was God. Straight out John wants to draw us to the trinity and divinity and eternal nature of this word.. or ‘Logos’ a term used often by the greek stoic philosophers to refer to rational principles i.e. science speech or message of God. They had a common belief that this logos was the origin of all things. John uses a word familiar to the 1st century greeks. The Jews would interpret this word logos to mean ‘daban’ the daban of God is the creation, revelation and salvation. We read that this word is a person or entity as He was with in the beginning with God.

John builds on this theme till in vs 14 he speaks of the ‘incarnation’ where this word becomes flesh and…in vs 17-18 we see the climax of the prologue as it is revealed to us that this word of God that became flesh was indeed Jesus Christ the begotten son.

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.

Vs 14 this is the pivot of the whole prologue Gods word becomes flesh 1:14 & reveals Gods Glory, he makes God known 1:18 The word became flesh (sarx skin) not appeared as flesh or a person or even put on flesh like a disguise… you know no super man suit under the reporters suit.. God became flesh, became a man. Completely man and completely God. He became a vulnerable baby he soiled his pants and needed toilet training. He learnt to walk and talk just like the rest of us. God in the form of Jesus was completely human yet completely God. These words John uses are the strongest possible terms to display that Jesus was a man… the God / Man. He dwelt amongst us he didn’t just or pop by he dwelt.

The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation. — J. I. Packer

What we know of Jesus from this text

* we see he is eternal and divine he is part of the trinity being both with God and God.
* He is the agent of creation with all being made through him and
* He is the agent and object of salvation with him giving authority for some to become children of God. By receiving his salvation by his name alone.
* We see he was destined to be rejected by his own and ultimately betrayed and crucified.
* He is the representation of God in flesh, his glory, character and attributes reside in Jesus.

I see a warning in here also in vs 6-8. John was sent from God to bear witness to the light.. he was not the light… even into the 3rd century there were followers of John alive and well. We read of some in Acts 19 1-3. John is the agent of belief declaring the evangel message Jesus is the object of belief. the one in whom our hope rests.

*Do you worship the message and its object Jesus or are you subtly caught up in worshipping and following the messenger?

*Jesus was a man, the God man he completely understands our human condition there is nothing you can not take to him in prayer.

The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill, though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the natural bias of our flesh. — Jonathan Edwards

God descends to re-ascend. He comes down; down from the heights of absolute being into time and space, down into humanity … down to the very roots and sea-bed of the Nature He has created. But He goes down to come up again and bring the ruined world up with Him. One has the picture of a strong man stooping lower and lower to get himself underneath some great complicated burden. He must stoop in order to lift, he must almost disappear under the load before he incredibly straightens his back and marches off with the whole mass swaying on his shoulders. — C.S. Lewis

“The Bible is one long story of God meeting our rebellion with His rescue, our sin with His salvation, our guilt with His grace, our badness with His goodness. The overwhelming focus of the Bible is not the work of the redeemed but the work of the Redeemer. Which means that the Bible is not first a recipe for Christian living but a revelation book of Jesus who is the answer to our un-Christian living.” ― Tullian Tchividjian,

“The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation.

— J. I. Packer”