Hello friends, pastor Erik here, I pray everyone had a great weekend and got plenty of rest. Today I am going to start talking about our series for the month of December called: The Light Has Come. Over the next few weeks we will be walking through the 1st chapter of the gospel of John. On Sunday I will be covering John 1: 1-5. Let's take a look at those verses
John 1: 1-5
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 [a]He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not [b]comprehend it.
The gospel of John is unique in a number of ways when compared to the 3 synoptic gospels of Mathew, Mark, and Luke. In the very opening verse of the gospel, John seeks to establish 3 different ideas: The origin, power, and nature of Christ. John refers to Christ as the "Word." This title is unique to the gospel of John. Nowhere in the synoptic gospels is Jesus referred to as the "Word." The Word is eternal and preexisted creation itself-which speaks to the origin of Christ. Also, it was through the Word that all things were created, which shows the power of Christ. Lastly, John says that the Word is light, which dispels darkens, harkening to the very nature of Christ. On Sunday I will break down all 3 of these themes and explain why the origin, power and nature of Christ are still important to us today. I goal is to have a least one more entry before Sunday-which I will use to talk about some of the details behind the language that John chose to use in describing Christ. I would encourage you to read the 1st chapter of John and prepare your heart. God Bless.