John 1

Have you seen God?

John 1 has to be one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, especially the prologue. In a span of a few verses, the Apostle John lays out a solid argument for both Jesus’ divinity and humanity. And, it is this truth that informs our view of today’s reading.

In the very first verse we encounter Jesus’ divinity. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1 ESV). John then goes on to tell us how the Word played an active role in creation, which takes us all the way back to Genesis 1-2, as well as Proverbs 8. This Word is the life giver and the light of the world.

Then, in verse 14, we are shown that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,” showing us Christ’s humanity. Jesus was indeed a bonafide human being who walked this world with us. The beautiful thing about this is that no one has seen God, but we see him fully in Jesus! And he came in the flesh to bring us the light so that we might become children of God.

And, I love John the Baptist’s response to all this. Once God revealed to him who Jesus was, he boldly proclaimed to everyone that he was “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” He pointed people to Christ at every turn. That was his life’s mission! As believers, that should be our response when we encounter Christ and get to share him with others.

Today, as you meditate on this chapter, look at John the Baptist’s response. Is yours the same? If not, pray that God would give you the same boldness.

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