I’d love to tell you about the day that Nina and I met. I’d use the highest language and metaphors that would make you re-live that moment with me. You’d remember it for about 10 minutes. Maybe. Then, it would be on to the next thing.
So when I read John 1, I see an introduction. I see someone who met Jesus and began to try to tell all that He is.
- Jesus is GOD. The very first thing that John wanted everyone to know about Jesus was His divinity. He was there in the beginning. When only God was there, Jesus was there because He is God. The Word was God. (John 1:1) He participated in creation. He was present all throughout the Old Testament and didn’t simply appear for the first time that night that Mary gave birth.
- Jesus is Light. As that Light, He shone in the darkness to bring light to the ignorant. He came to enlighten people, and they rejected the Light. Jesus wants to remove your doubt. He longs to clarify those things that you just don’t get. The irony and misery is that though He came to shed light, so few see. So many remain in darkness. (John 1:5)
- Jesus is a man. The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. (John 1:14) He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet he sinned not. He’s not Superman, impervious to pain. He can be touched with the feelings of our infirmities. He loved and laughed. He wept. He died. He’s human and yet He’s divine. There’s no one like Him.
- Jesus is the Lamb. Humble. Sacrificial. Innocent. Vicarious. He is the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29, 36) In His death, He took away the sting of death for the believer, for us. He will one day wipe away all sin. Completely. Forever and from all of creation.
- Jesus is the Anointed of God. That’s what Messiah means. The Anointed of God is what the Bible means by the word Christ. (John 1:41) The Messiah, the Anointed was the one that all of the Jews were waiting for then and sadly, many are still waiting today. They don’t realize that Jesus is the Christ, the Promised One, the Savior, Ruler and King. John saw it in His day, and we can see it in ours. A few times John references another title that doubtless spoke of this awaited Leader. In verses 34 and 49, he is called the Son of God. Relationally, it has a different connotation, the thought of God giving His Son for us. Yet, here it serves as more a reference to Jesus’s messianic properties of being anointed or chosen.